The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony


SBA to Wendell Phillips

Dear Friend

I slipped down to confer with Mrs. Stanton this morning—  She is decided, that it is best to postpone our W.R. Convention— says it is impossible for her to think or speak on anything but the War— and I have, according to her counsel, written letters to go by this mail to the friends whom I knew were intending to go— telling them that the Con. is postponed—  Oliver, I have again written to announce the postponement in Standard— [1]
Mrs. Stanton is delighted with your War speech[2]— says it convinces her that her own feelings were right—  She is very enthusiastic—   What a glorious revolution we are in— emancipation must come out of it—
I have said to Oliver, if the Cooper Institute Agent refunds the $30. advanced, to return it to you— if does not— it will be so much gone I suppose— & that will be too bad— still what we could not foresee & and could not help— Sincerely yours—

Susan B. Anthony

ALS, on folio with call to woman's rights convention, bMS Am 1953(213), Wendell Phillips Papers, MH-H.
    [1.] The call for the Eleventh National Woman's Rights Convention at the Cooper Institute appeared in the Standard on 13 April 1861. But on 27 April the Standard announced that the American Anti-Slavery Society cancelled its meeting and suggested that the woman's rights convention follow suit. SBA telegraphed Oliver Johnson to prepare a notice of cancellation and await further word from herself or Wendell Phillips, and she wrote to Phillips for advice. Without the antislavery audience and speakers, she explained, there was little hope of a good woman's rights convention. SBA's notice of the postponement appeared in the issue of 3 May 1861. (SBA to W. Phillips, 28 April 1861, Film, 9:1149-50.)
    [2.] Phillips delivered his "Discourse on the War" at the Boston Music Hall on 21 April 1861, "under the stars and stripes." He reversed his disunionist position, acknowledged himself a citizen of the United States, and welcomed the war. (Liberator, 26 April 1861; Stewart, Wendell Phillips, 220-24.)