“I value you for your own strength of character”

New Milford, Connecticut

May 13, 1944

Dear Franciska Schwimmer:

My heart is full of sympathy for you at this grave hour of Rosika’s illness and my mind is full of memories of you and her who both permitted me to your friend. Memories of gracious hospitality. Memories of our attempts together to burst through barriers which seemed to confine our aspirations and energies and fetter our very souls. We have not always agreed on every aspiration or seen every barrier in identical ways.

But I have greatly benefited by association with the spirit which has driven you both forward to your purposes, despite the awful hardships of your struggle. This is too little to say and to little to have given you in return.

You will, however, believe me when I say that I love you, that I wish I could help you at this hour of your suffering, that I hope to see you and assure you that I value you for your own strength of character and charm. I assume that your sister is not able to realize at this moment how her friends regret her condition.

Affectionately yours,

Mary R. Beard

New York Public Library Manuscripts and Archives Division. Rosika Schwimmer Papers, Box 407.

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