married, and the three proceeded to Rome
, where they spent the winter.
was living at Villa Negroni, where Mrs. Mailliard
became her companion; Julia
found a comfortable apartment in Via Capo le Case, with the Edward Freemans
on the floor above, and Mrs. David Dudley Field
on that below.
These were pleasant neighbors.
's companion in many delightful walks and excursions; when Mrs. Field
had a party, she borrowed Mrs. Howe
's large lamp, and was ready to lend her tea-cups
There was a Christmas tree — the first ever seen in Rome
!--at Villa Negroni; “an occasional ball, a box at the opera, a drive on the Campagna.”
found a learned Rabbi from the Ghetto, and resumed the study of Hebrew, which she had begun the year before in South Boston
This accomplished man was obliged to wear the distinctive dress then imposed upon the Jews of Rome
, and to be within the walls of the Ghetto by six in the evening. There were private theatricals, too, she appearing as “Tilburina” in “The critic.”
Among the friends of this Roman winter none was so beloved as Horace Binney Wallace
He was a Philadelphian, a rosso
. He held that “the highest effort of nature is to produce a rosso
” ; he was always in search of the favored tint either in pictures or in living beings.
Together the two rossi
explored the ancient city, with mutual pleasure and profit.
Some years later, on hearing of his death, she recalled these days of companionship in a poem called