The year 1891 saw the birth of the Society of American Friends of Russian Freedom; modelled on a similar society which, with “Free Russia
” as its organ, was doing good work in England
The object of the American society was “to aid by all moral and legal means the Russian
patriots in their efforts to obtain for their country political freedom and self-government.”
Its circular was signed by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
, Julia Ward Howe
, John Greenleaf Whittier
, James Russell Lowell
, George Kennan
, William Lloyd Garrison
, Henry I. Bowditch
, F. W. Bird
, Alice Freeman Palmer
, Charles G. Ames
, Edward L. Pierce
, Frank B. Sanborn
, Annie Fields, E. Benjamin Andrews
, Lillie B. Chace Wyman
, Samuel L. Clemens
, and Joseph H. Twitchell
James Russell Lowell
, writing to Francis J. Garrison
in 1891, says: “Between mote and beam, I think this
has the latter in her eye, though God knows we have motes enough in ours.
So you may take my name even if it be in vain, as I think it will be.”
It was through this society that she made the acquaintance of Mme. Breschkovskaya
patriot whose sufferings and sacrifices have endeared her to all lovers of freedom.
The two women felt instant sympathy with each other.
came to 241 Beacon Street more than once, and they had much talk together.
On one of these occasions our mother was asked to play some of her own compositions.
Her fingers strayed from one thing