FRANCES WILfcARD HER LIFE AND WORK BY RAY STRACHEY With an
Introduction by LADY HENRY SOMERSET ILLUSTRATED NEW YORK CHICAGO
TORONTO Fleming H. Revell Company LONDON AND EDINBURGH Only the
Joldon Rule of Christ Can bring the f loldcn AK f Mfin, Copyright,
1913, by FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY New York 158 Fifth Avenue
Chicago 125 N. Wabash Avc, Toronto 25 Richmond St., W, London 21
Paternoster Square Edinburgh 100 Princes Street M. CAREY THOMAS
PREFACE SEVERAL Lives of Frances Willard have been written, by her
friends and those who helped her with her work, and in these books
she has been praised beyond measure. It seemed to me, coming to
this task with no memories of her, and very little knowledge of the
work she did, as if she could not have been so great or so
important a woman as they said she was. It seemed to me also as if
she could not have been so good nor so lovable a human being, and
for a long time I was inclined to look upon these accounts as
exaggerated. But in studying her life I have come almost to believe
that she was perfect not in her deeds, per haps, nor in her work,
but in her soul. Poring, day after day, over her letters and her
diaries, reading and rereading her books and speeches, I have come
to share their enthusiasm. I have learned to know her loves, hates,
prayers, promises, and in significancies, and thus I have grown
daily more sure of her greatness. She was vigorous, with the vigor
of her coun try she was rash and sometimes unwise, with a love of
great undertakings that no disappointments could check she seemed
sentimental, too, with her 7 8 PREFACE strange education, her
journalistic pen, and her habit of talking straight from her inmost
smil but she was true, and she was pure in heart, and therefore
blessed. She was lovable and charming J have grown sure of this,
and also that she was a most vivid and ex hilarating companion. But
I have found it very hard to tell these things. I have been greatly
indebted to many of Miss Willards friends, who have helped me in
this work to Lady Henry Somerset, through whose kindness I have
been allowed to undertake the task to Miss Anna Gordon and Mrs. L.
M. N. Stevens, who welcomed me to Rest Cottage and told me of her
daily life and work to Miss Agnes Slack and Miss Gorham, through
whom I have seen her letters and, above all, to my grandmother,
Mrs. Hannah Whitall Smith, whose stories of Miss Willard, and faith
in her, have enabled me to read her life rightly. She helped me
with criticism and revision, and in more ways than I can tell. I
started to write this book as an outsider, and a critic, as one who
could judge of her life nn blinded by loyalty or affection. But I
have not suc ceeded. I am not an outsider any longer, but a
follower and a friend. RAY STKACIIKY. ARUNDKL, July, 1912. CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION n I. CHILDHOOD AT FOREST HOME . . 19 II. EDUCATION AND
THE SEARCH FOR CULTURE 59 III. INDEPENDENCE . . . 95 IV. TEACHING .
. . . . .131 V. EUROPK ....... 155 VI. THE NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
. .170 VII. THE CRUSADE AND THE BEGINNING OF TEMPERANCE WORK ....
187 VIII. WOMANS SUFFRAGE AND REVIVAL WORK IN BOSTON ...... 206 IX.
ORGANISATION ANX PROHIBITION . . 224 X. POLITICS AND THE WORLDS
WORK . 252 XL WORK IN ENGLAND .... 278 XII. THE VALUE OF FRANCES
WILLARD . 305 AN IMPRESSION BY LADY HENRY SOMERSET THE tendency of
our day is to judge men and women by their efficiency, by the work
they have accomplished, rather than by the char acter behind the
work. Time teaches us an other lesson. The lives of people who are
really great stand out alone, apart from the cause they espoused or
the work they accomplished. These fall away as merely accidental,
and we see the character stripped of all the accessories of sur
roundings, free from the activities by which it was expressed. This
is the standard by which Frances Willard will be judged...
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