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Frances Willard

Frances Elizabeth Willard (1839 - 1898) was a prominent American-born suffragist and social activist. Willard was particularly active in temperance work, and later in her career spent considerable periods of time working in Britain. She wrote prolifically and published a number of books and articles. It is likely that Schreiner knew Frances Willard through her sister Ettie Schreiner (later Stakesby Lewis), who was internationally prominent in women’s temperance work. In a 1908 letter to Julia Solly, Schreiner commented that “Miss Willard was a great friend of mine, from whom I possess many beautiful letters though I never met her in the beay body.” However, none of the letters between Schreiner and Willard have been traced.

For further information see:
Dawn M. Greeley (2004) ‘Willard, Frances Elizabeth (1839-1898)’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/55977
Ruth Bordin (1986) Frances Willard: A Biography Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press
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