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2 A commentary on the same text had been furnished by the experience of Mme. Theresa Pulszky, the highly cultivated wife of Francis Pulszky of Kossuth's suite (his quondam Minister of Foreign Affairs). She, having on Christmas Day, 1851, paid a delightful visit in Philadelphia to Mrs. Mott, expressed admiration of her to some gentlemen, one of whom exclaimed: ‘You do not mean to say that you have called on that lady?’ Why not? asked Mme. Pulszky, adding that she regretted her inability to repeat the visit. ‘But she is a furious abolitionist. It will do great harm to Governor Kossuth if you associate with that party.’ ‘But,’ persisted Mme. Pulszky, ‘if any friend of Governor Kossuth—even if he himself—converses with a person who has strong opinions against slavery, what harm can there be in that?’ ‘ “Your cause will then lose many friends in this city,” was the answer’ (Pulszky's “White, Red, and Black: Sketches of American Society in the U. S.,” 1.154-157; Lib. 23.40). This was what ‘non-interference’ and ‘neutrality’ signified under the rule of slavery. Kossuth had brought from England letters of introduction to the Motts, but declined their invitation to dinner, though he called upon them ( “James and Lucretia Mott,” pp. 333-337).
4 Ante, p. 325.
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