The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony


ECS to SBA

I am willing to do the appointed work at Albany. If Napoleon says cross the Alps, they are crossed. I can not, my dear friend, "move heaven and earth," but I will do what I can with pen and brain. You must come here and start me on the right train of thought, as your practical knowledge of just what is wanted is everything in getting up the right document. Kind regards to the antislavery host now with you.[1] I did not think that the easy arm-chair I occupied on the Auburn platform was to bring me so much glory. Did you know the resolutions of that meeting were read on the floor of Congress?— that pleased me greatly.[2] I am very proud to stand maternal sponsor for the whole string. I wish our Albany resolutions had more snap in them. The Garrison clique are the only men in this nation that know how to write a resolution.
History, 1:679. A variant is dated 25 January 1860 in Stanton, but the text clearly follows the previous letter, Film, 9:533.
    [1.] On 23 February, SBA resumed her antislavery tour with Pillsbury and Powell. The tour concluded on 22 March. (National Anti-Slavery Standard, 25 February, 17, 31 March 1860; and Film, 9:531, 557-58.)
    [2.] The antislavery resolutions passed at Auburn on 13 January, where ECS was secretary, were read in the House of Representatives on 19 January as evidence of northern hostility to the South. (Liberator, 6, 27 January 1860; Anti-Slavery Bugle, 21 January 1860; Congressional Globe, 36th Cong., 1st sess., 527-28.)