How did you find your journey to England?
The British Prince set off down Delaware Bay on February 24. During a one-day delay, I quickly sent off twenty letters, as the journey would be the longest time I had ever been unable to communicate. There were only seven passengers among them my companion and secretary Rachel Avery. At meals I sat at the captain’s right hand. We came in sight of Ireland on March 5. By journey’s end I hadn’t lost a single meal. Another time I should take a larger stock of oranges, lemons, and other fruit.
I had managed to keep my own counsel regarding political topics, but at dinner an Englishman summed up: “Your country will come to ruin from such doctrines as you woman’s rights folks advocate.” I put the case to him to the best of my sea-brain’s ability. This was the first time I let my tongue loose.
During the six months I was away of course spent time with Mrs. Stanton, who had been living with her daughter in London since 1882. Miss Avery and I also traveled to Italy, Germany, and France.
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