Last bright representative of the famous family, Ivan Pushchin, was known as the closest friend of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.
Alexander Pushkin carried the memory of the children's and youths' friendship with him for the rest of his life. In the exile, he wrote some beautiful and poignant lines and dedicated them to Ivan Pushchin:
«My precious friend, my friend forever!
And I have thanked my own stars
When lonely and snowbound yard
Of my secluded poor shelter
Was made alive by your sleigh-bell.»
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