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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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130             Youth's Golden Gleam
thanked Russell for "your complimentary notice of me and my music." Then Stephen added words which are so human that we look into his very heart:
How a man likes to show these little flatering [sic] testimonials to his wife! If it were not for that, the benefit to me of your kind and friendly action would be half lost.
Strive as he did to supply more substantial testimonials of his success as a composer, Stephen was not making a go of it. His finances were always on the perilous edge, and in 1857 he and Jane and their little daughter had to give up their modest home in Pittsburgh and take rooms in a boarding house.3
It was in the following year, November 11, 1858, that Stephen wrote to his brother Morrison4 about a trip which "will be a recrea­tion and variety for me." His friend William Hamilton, who described himself as "clerk of the steamer Ida May, plying between this city [Pittsburgh] and Cincinnati," invited Stephen and Jane to take a boat trip with him to Cincinnati.
In addition to his wife and their daughter Marion, the party included Mary Wick, daughter of his sister Henrietta. Remembering that magical visit of Henrietta and himself to Cincinnati in 1833, Stephen may have wished

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