ones at home, and from opportunities of work which I should have prized highly.
I was President
of the Woman
's Congress, and to be absent not only from its meeting, but also from its preparatory work, caused me great regret.
On the other hand, I saw delightful people in England
, and have seen, besides the old remembered delights, many places which I never visited before.... I am now with my dear sister, around whom the shadows of existence deepen.
I am glad to be with her; though I can do so little for her, she is doing very much for me.”
This was a season of extraordinary interest to one who had always loved Italy
and pleaded for a generous policy toward her. Early in January it became known that King Victor Emanuel
At the Vatican his life-long adversary Pius IX was wasting away with a mortal disease.
It was a time of suspense.
The two had fought a long and obstinate duel: which of them, people asked, would yield first to the conqueror on the pale horse?
There were those among the “Blacks” of Rome
who would have denied the last sacrament to the dying King
said Pio Nono
; “he has always been a good Catholic; he shall not die without the sacrament!”
On the 9th of January the King
died, and “the ransomed land mourned its sovereign as with one heart.”
. Have just been to see the new King
[Umberto I] review the troops, and receive the oath ”