The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony


Lucy Stone to SBA

Dear Susan

Since I wrote you at Seneca Falls, I have recieved your other letters—   You say there is not a woman in all the state who can speak, at the meeting at Albany[2]—
You forget Antoinette Brown. I think you would do well to have her, as she is a state's woman. She is now at Henrietta; It is important that some speaking woman, should be there, and if Antoinette cant go, I will try to do so, and make a speech either afternoon, or evening, of Friday the 21— But it will be vastly better for your cause, to have a woman from your own state—
I cant, in conscience speak in favor of the Maine Law— It does not seem to me, to be based on a sound philosophy. A law will not amount to much, so long as there is not a temperance public sentiment—   Such a sentiment would be stronger than law, written on parchment—
My speech would have to go behind laws to the people's hearts— 
I hope you can get Antoinette, and then, I shall not be needed—   But if not, and if you still think it best for me to go, I will. (Deo volente)[3]
Drop me a line at West Brookfield Mass. — I think you, and not Mrs. Albro, should go before the Legislators—  Yours Sincerely

Lucy Stone

ALS, Blackwell Papers, DLC.
    [1.] Endorsed "Jan 3/53" by SBA, an indication that by "7" Stone meant "1." Stone's family lived in West Brookfield.
    [2.] Called for 21 January 1853, this mass meeting would deliver temperance petitions to the legislature.
    [3.] God willing.