have been glad to receive the mission to Greece
, of which some prospect had been held out to him. She writes: “Chev full of the Greek mission, which I think he cannot get. I wish he might, because he wishes it. Surely a man so modest and meritorious in his public career might claim so small an acknowledgment as this.
But as we are, he represents Charity, I the study of Philosophy — we cannot be more honored than by standing for these things.”
It was thought that she might have some influence in obtaining the mission: accordingly she went to Washington
, anxious to help if she might.
She saw the President
of the Senate, who promised support.
While there she writes: “Governor Andrew
took me to General Grant
's, where I saw the General
, with great satisfaction.
Prayed at bedtime that I might not become a superficial sham and humbug.”
Hearing that Charles Sumner
had sought her at the house of Mrs. Eames
, she sent a message to him by a common friend.
She writes: “Sumner
cannot make a visit at the hotel, but will see me at the Capitol
I know of nothing which exempts a man in public life from the duty of having, in private, some human
did come to see her later, when she was staying with Mrs. Eames
She saw Secretary Seward
, who was very ungracious to her; and President Johnson
, whom she found “not one inclined to much speech.”
Before the latter interview her prayer was: “Let me be neither unskilful nor mean!”
The visit to Mrs. Eames
was a sad one, being at the time of the death of Count Gurowski
, a singular man