the country by the publication of her noble “Appeal in behalf of that Class of Americans
It is quite impossible for any one of the present generation to imagine the popular surprise and indignation which the book called forth, or how entirely its author cut herself off from the favor and sympathy of a large number of those who had previously delighted to do her honor.
Social and literary circles, which had been proud of her presence, closed their doors against her. The sale of her books, the subscriptions to her magazine, fell off to a ruinous extent.
She knew all she was hazarding, and made the great sacrifice, prepared for all the consequences which followed.
In the preface to her book she says, “I am fully aware of the unpopularity of the task I have undertaken; but though I expect
ridicule and censure, I do not fear
A few years hence, the opinion of the world will be a matter in which I have not even the most transient interest; but this book will be abroad on its mission of humanity long after the hand that wrote it is mingling with the dust.
Should it be the means of advancing, even one single hour, the inevitable progress of truth and justice, I would not exchange the consciousness for all Rothschild
's wealth or Sir Walter's fame.”
Thenceforth her life was a battle; a constant rowing hard against the stream of popular prejudice and hatred.
And through it all — pecuniary privation, loss of friends and position, the painfulness of being suddenly thrust from “the still air of delightful studies” into the bitterest and sternest controversy of the age — she bore herself with patience, fortitude, and unshaken reliance upon the justice and ultimate triumph of the cause she had espoused.
Her pen was