Letter from Frances E. Willard
to William Hayes Ward,
March 2, 1891
Dr. William Hayes Ward (1835–1916), the recipient of this letter, was a clergyman, educator, author, and editor. He joined the editorial staff of The Independent, a New York weekly newspaper, in 1868 and served as editor-in-chief from 1896 to 1913. Upon Frances Willard’s death in 1898, The Independent published a glowing tribute beginning with these words:
No woman's name is better known in the English-speaking world than that of Miss Willard, save that of England's good queen. No woman in our generation has crowned herself with more royal achievements, or shown herself possessed of finer qualities of leadership, or wielded so supreme an influence over her own sex, or carried a great reform, rather a series of great reforms, to a larger success..
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