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[2263] the crisis is tremendous, and all will come on him; since, if any one can save Italy from her foes, inward and outward, it will be he. But he is very doubtful whether this be possible; the foes are too many, too strong, too subtle. Yet Heaven helps sometimes. I only grieve I cannot aid him; freely would I give my life to aid him, only bargaining for a quick death. I don't like slow torture. I fear that it is in reserve for him, to survive defeat. True, he can never be utterly defeated; but to see Italy bleeding, prostrate once more, will be very dreadful for him.

He has sent me tickets, twice, to hear him speak in the Assembly. It was a fine, commanding voice. But, when he finished, he looked very exhausted and melancholy. He looks as if the great battle he had fought had been too much for his strength, and that he was only sustained by the fire of the soul.

All this I write to you, because you said, when I was suffering at leaving Mazzini,— ‘You will meet him in heaven.’ This I believe will be, despite all my faults.


[In April, 1849, Margaret was appointed, by the ‘Roman Commission for the succor of the wounded,’ to the charge of the hospital of the Fate-Bene Fratelli; the Princess Belgioioso having charge of the one already opened. The following is a copy of the original letter from the Princess, which is written in English, announcing the appointment.]

Cornitato di Soccorso Pei Feriti, April 30, 1849.
Dear Miss Fuller:—

You are named Regolatrice of the Hospital of the Fate-Bene Fratelli. Go there at twelve, if the alarm


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