The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony


Amory D. Mayo to ECS

My Dear Mrs. Stanton,

I regret not finding you in this evening, and most briefly announce our decision on the re[pet]ition of the address. M[iss M]ott, (whose instincts on such things I very much respect) feels strongly that nothing should be done in any way to mar the beautiful impression made this p.m.[1] The whole gathering, the day, the character of the audience, the general impression, could not be reproduced. We feel that it would be better to leave a thing perfectly done and not try to reproduce it.
May I not hope to see your speech in print. It is the first time I have listened to you; and you will not accuse me of flattery when I say that the hearing has confirmed my previous suspicion that you are 'the head and front of '[2] this offence against the oppressors of woman[kind?].[3] I only trust that you will again appear before the Legislature, and never rest till your idea prevails.
All this is clumsily said, and execrably written & blotted (for which charge the hotel stationary). But it must do until I can have a 'long talk' over all these interesting themes. Mrs Mayo[4] was equally interested with myself—  Truly Yrs

A D Mayo

ALS, ECS Papers, DLC. An inkblot obscures letters in the opening sentences.
    [1.] ECS spoke before a joint session of the judiciary committees of the assembly and senate on behalf of woman suffrage, while the new bill on married women's property awaited the governor's signature. Though her speech was not reported at the time, she delivered it again at the woman's rights convention in May. "What is the right to property," she asked, "without the right to protect it? The enjoyment of that right to-day is no security it will be continued to-morrow, so long as it is granted to her as a favor by a privileged class, and not secured as a sacred right." She conceded that new rights to property and children now distinguished the woman from the slave. But with respect to "civil rights," she said, in New York "the prejudice against sex is more deeply rooted and more unreasonably maintained than that against color." (Proceedings of Woman's Rights Convention, 1860, 34-46, Film, 9:612ff; History, 1:679-86, incorrectly dated; New York Times, 21 March 1860.)
    [2.] Othello, act 1, sc. 3, lines 80-81.
    [3.] Cramped at the margin, Mayo's ending to this word is illegible.
    [4.] Lucy Caroline Clarke Mayo, the second wife of Amory Mayo, took part in the woman's rights convention in Albany in February. (Dictionary of American Biography, s.v. "Mayo, Amory Dwight.")