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Wendell Phillips, Dear Friend,
It is a great disappointment not to meet you here. The Mayor is behaving very well. His letter to the citizens of Albany is admirable.[1
] He was present during the entire meeting last evening. We were however very much disturbed & compelled to give way at last to the tumult. Cousin Gerrit
is to have a hearing in the Capitol to morrow[2
] & we shall struggle through the remaining time, as best we can. We have some fears that our woman's rights convention may be disturbed also, as the same persons must figure on both occasions.[3
] You have so much to meet in Boston[4
] that it is too bad to urge you to come here, but if you can possible come it would be a great pleasure to all of us to listen you, to see how you look out of the union.
I must confess to one fraud that I have been extensively practising, that is to using your "clown" "with his arrow ["] & "eagle" in my "Free speech
] But if Dan Rice's clown[6
] may travel over the states why not yours. We all feel exceedingly proud of you. You are spoken of in all the journals as the leader of "those people
". No other party can in my opinion boast a leader so noble & brave & true as ours.
Much love to Mrs Phillips
. I am sorry to hear that her health is so delicate. adieu your friend, sincerely
E Cady Stanton.
] The New York State Woman's Rights Convention met on 7
but received very little notice from the press. (Albany Atlas and Argus, 8 February 1861
; unidentified clipping, SBA scrapbooks, Film, 9:1100
] ECS modified a passage from his speech "The Pulpit," in which he said, the "idea that agitation was needless is like the clown in the old classic play two thousand years ago, who seeing a man bring down with an arrow an eagle floating in the blue ether above, said, 'You need not have wasted that arrow, the fall would have killed him.'" (Phillips, Speeches, Lectures, and Letters, 272
; Free Speech: by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, at the Fourth Annual N.Y. State Anti-Slavery Convention [Albany, 1861], Film, 9:1092-95
The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony,
ed. Ann D. Gordon, et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999).
Electronic version based on
The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
(New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1997) Vol. 1, pp. 196-461. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 18 January 2018]