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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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taking to handicraft trades, and as shoemakers or
tailors earned those wages which they would have
been unable to earn by agriculture. To their
honor it must be told that they, amid severe want,
labored earnestly and endured a great deal with
patient courage without complaining, and that they
successfully raised themselves again by their labor.
Neither were they left without aid from the people
of the country when their condition became known.

Margaret Fuller (Marchioness Ossoli) made a
journey into the Western States in company with
Mrs. Clarke. Providence led her to the colonists
on Pine Lake. Captain Schneidau was then
lying on his sick-bed with an injury of the leg, which
had kept him there for some months. His handsome
young wife had been obliged, during that
severe winter, to do the most menial work; had
seen her first-born little one frozen to death in its
bed in the room, into which snow and rain found
entrance. And they were in the midst of the
wilderness alone. They had no means of obtaining
help, which was extremely expensive in this district;
the maid-servant whom they had for a short
time had left them, and their neighbors were too
far off, or were themselves also suffering under
similar want. And now came the two ladies from
Boston.

I must add that Margaret Fuller nobly exerted

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