Collision of Minds
With the end of war and the installation of Radical Republican government in Louisiana, Sarah Dorsey and her husband had every reason to escape the unhappy conditions at home. They hastened from Louisiana to renew friendships in England and the North that they had acquired in the 1850s. Despite their wartime losses, they somehow retained a large fortune, which permitted their expensive sojourn abroad in 1871. In any event, the whole experience was nearly disastrous for Sarah, if not for him. It was marked by a series of thefts and threats to Sarah's life. However, later reports indicate that she corresponded with some of England's leading intellectual figures. Yet her only major surviving letters were written to Edward Lyulph Stanley. Judging from the length of her responses, he was probably the most significant of her English contacts and one of the best placed in society.
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