The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony


SBA to Martha Coffin Wright

Dear Mrs. Wright—

Here we are— Mrs. Stanton, Green & I— alive— after the Buffalo Mob
I have forgotten whether I have asked you to have the Auburn Convention published in your weekly papers to date— so send this— [2]  We have dispatched notes of the Buffalo riot— to Tribune, Standard & Liberator & hope some of them will get out to the world—
There was a more determined union to put down a speech, not to the mind of the masses— but we must face it through—
Mrs. Stanton's pen is scratching on free speech— [3] She is getting a grand speech— & we are doing nicely, only want to see the faces of Powell & May—   Good Bye—

S. B. A.

[P.S.]
P.S. Dont your folks get up a scare about the Hall, they have at Utica & at Rochester— but we shall go through—
ALS, Garrison Papers, MNS-S.
    [1.] The second stop on the "No Compromise with Slaveholders" tour, the meeting at Albion, Orleans County, took place 8-9 January in the dining room of a hotel because "neither hall, church, nor school-house could be obtained." (National Anti-Slavery Standard, 29 December 1860; History, 1:467.)
    [2.] Enclosure missing. The meeting at Auburn was scheduled for 31 January.
    [3.] ECS delivered this address at the Albion, Rochester, Auburn, and Albany meetings in the face of further opposition. She argued that attacks on free speech and individual rights were a far greater threat to the future of the republic than antislavery meetings. (Free Speech: by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, at the Fourth Annual N.Y. State Anti-Slavery Convention [Albany, 1861], Film, 9:1092-95.)