The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony


SBA to ECS

Terrific Mrs. Stanton

What a cruel thing you are to make me beg money of your sisters— but I've done it— and they'll doubtless curse me for it— [1]
I have given up going to Ghent— & take 7.30 train tomorrow a.m. for Rochester— Parker Pillsbury is coming into the State the 2d of March and then I must to the work with him[2]— and any farther delay now for visiting, robs me of any visit or rest at home—  Then, my Mother has been a severe sufferer from this terrible epidemic cold for several weeks—
Shall Parker speak at the Falls a sunday night or afternoon—  Would it pay— that is would there be enough to hear him to make pay for his the tax on him—  I must make business that shall fasten him at the Falls until we get all the resolutions & planning for next May that we[3]— I am so glad that you are in for raking the Courts— [4]
I do wish you would get up a speech on that point—  It is Eleven Oclock— & I ache in every bone & muscle of me— came last night & have written & worked & run all day— to go at 7.30—  Tell you sister Mrs. Wilkinson— I am sorry but I shall surely get to see her sometime—  Aaron is but little— but Matrimony he intends to perpetrate the 13th of April— God Willing— [5] Then he wants me there— & to give in brief my views of marriage as it should be and the degradation of it as it is—  Oh the world is so full of work for those who work at all—  I see no old fashioned heaven for me— to sit & sing & glorify—so Good Night— Lydia sends love & so do I to all—

S. B. A.

ALS, ECS Papers, DLC. Above the salutation SBA wrote Mrs. M. Mc.
    [1.] SBA was collecting money for the American Anti-Slavery Society. (Liberator, 22 February 1861.)
    [2.] SBA and Parker Pillsbury began a series of antislavery meetings in Seneca Falls on 14-15 March and ended in Union Village on 31 March. They were also scheduled for Junius, Brockett's Bridge, North Easton, and Easton. (Liberator, 15 March 1861.)
    [3.] Line ends without explanation.
    [4.] After reading about the trial of a man for poisoning his wife, in which the judge prohibited women from hearing some of the evidence because he believed the testimony was too lurid for their delicate natures, ECS wrote to Martha Wright asking, "instead of the authorities turning the women out of the courtroom . . . would it not have been better to put women on the bench and exclude the men?" She wrote a speech on the same theme in 1861, entitled "Fashionable Women Shipwreck." (ECS to M. C. Wright, 10 February 1861, and ECS, "Fashionable Women Shipwreck," Film, 9:1111, 10:105-29; New York Daily Tribune, 9 February 1861.)
    [5.] Aaron Powell married Judith Anna Rice of Worcester, Massachusetts, on 15 April 1861 in Ghent. Following the ceremony, the couple recorded a protest against the marriage laws, stating that the "marriage contract is formed in ignorance, inequality, and injustice, in the making of which one of the parties becomes at once civilly dead and legally buried." (Ellis, History of Columbia County, N.Y., 332.)