Academic journal article Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

Author's Note

Academic journal article Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

Author's Note

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I WOULD LIKE TO THANK the numerous specialists, archivists, and librarians in Russia, the Ukraine, France, England, Ireland, and the United States who have, over the years, aided me in my research. No one took greater interest in this work, nor followed its progress more closely than my wife, Catherine, who read early drafts several times. A graduate of Smith College and a senior lecturer there, she is devoted to the education of women. She was able to illuminate and clarify many of my blind spots, while my children and grandchildren listened patiently to my endless stories about Dashkova. Professors Gitta Hammarberg, Hilde Hoogenboom, and Mikhail Mikeshin also read the manuscript, and their corrections and recommendations were invaluable. My thanks go to the Vorontsov Society in Russia, particularly Viacheslav Udovik and Vladimir Alekseev, for their tireless research into the history of my family. Many others have also contributed to this project, and I owe a special debt of gratitude to Professors Mary and Richard Dunn, Executive Directors of the American Philosophical Society, for their interest in the life and works of Dashkova, and to Mary McDonald, Susan Dodson, and David Marck, for their expert editing of this book. …

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