The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

SBA to Gerrit Smith

My Dear Friend

Enclosed is the programme for Anti-Slavery work in our state for the month of January—  [1] The speakers are to be Parker Pillsbury, I hope, if not—C. L. Remond— Beriah Green[2] A. M. Powell & myself—
I have appropriated Saturday and Sunday Feb. 2d & 3d to Peterboro—  Will it be agreeable to you to have meetings those days—  Mr. Smith, we shall be very glad of your presence at as many of our the Conventions as may be, but especially do we hope that you will attend the Albany Conventions, both Anti Slavery and Woman's Rights— the first week in February—
Will you say to me, care L. Mott, Anti Slavery Office, Albany, N.Y.— for how many & which of the Conventions we may announce you, as one of the speakers—  Do let it be for Albany, surely—
I think Mrs. Stanton would be at Peterbor that Sunday— as she is going to be at Albany the week following.
With kindest & most grateful regards to Mrs. Smith & Mrs. Miller Yours

Susan B. Anthony

Mr. Smith, I meant to have told you the work we are doing through our new Office at Albany—  We have printed 10,000 copies of both of Mrs. Stantons appeals— the Slaves— & the Womans—[3]  We are— that is Miss Mott— mailing them to people all over the State— to the members of the incoming, and the two previous Legislatures, to all officers & members of the benevolent associations, asylums, Hospitals, Refuges, & c, & c, To all the Editors, and Clergy of the State—  And the Slaves Appeal, we are sending to all the members of Congress, South as well as north, for the past three years— to souther Editors & Clergy, College Faculties & c, & c,—  The cost will be hundreds of dollars— whatever you shall be pleased to contribute will be most gratefully acknowledged in the name of the Slave & of Woman
This distribution through the Post Office, seems to us the only possible means of getting our thought before, what might be termed, the "Worlds people"—  The popular religious & political newspapers will not give it to them— & to publish in our Anti Slavery Papers, only takes it to the homes of those already enlisted in the work—   In addition to sending to individuals through the Post Office, we are sending packages to persons whom we know, in the Cities & large Villages, to be distributed at the doors of Lyceum lectures— on all these we pay the Express, & tell the friends to send us the bills of cost of distribution— thus we hope to send these personal appeals into thousandnds of the homes of this State & Nation— and may many be moved by them, to works of righteousness—  How this date of Dec. 2d rushes upon us the memories of the Nations Shame, and the Harper's Ferry, Sainted Martyrs glory!! S. B. A.
ALS, Smith Papers, NSyU.
    [1.] See document 111. During the months between Abraham Lincoln's election in November and his inauguration in March, abolitionists continued to agitate against slavery and for personal liberty laws, while many northerners, including Republicans, advocated compromise with the South in order to avoid secession and considered abolitionists who refused to compromise to be disunionists. On 3 December 1860, in his annual message to Congress, President Buchanan urged repeal of personal liberty laws in order to assuage the South, and in New York, Republican governor Edwin Morgan supported repeal. (Morris, Free Men All, 202-7, 215-16; Rosenberg, "Personal Liberty Laws," 40-42 .)
    [2.] Beriah Green and Aaron Powell toured with SBA; Parker Pillsbury and Charles Remond did not. Green (1795-1874), a Congregational minister from Whitesboro, New York, who advocated disunion and opposed the war, presided at the founding meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833. Green became president of the Oneida Institute in Whitesboro, a school where blacks and whites could study together. (Dictionary of American Biography; Sernett, Abolition's Axe, 143-44.)
    [3.] The Appeal to the Women of New York, issued by the New York State Woman's Rights Committee, in November 1860. See document 112.