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I rejoice with you that the New York meetings are over, & I rejoice too that they were so good. If the reports are to be relied on, you made two most convincing speeches.[1
When it rained so, last Monday night, I was at Syracuse
, & had all sorts of sorry feelings lest your meeting would be so small as to disinspirit you; & when Sarah Pellet[2
] brought me the Tribune
on Tuesday p.m., I read the report most eagerly & joyously, I can assure you. Nettie
& I had a meeting in Syracuse Tuesday night, the 26th
, one in Utica
Wednesday the 27th
, both good— Mrs. Bloomer
not in company.[3
] Nettie & I both said over & over again that we felt as happy that Lucy had done s[uch] a glorious work in Metropolitan Hall, as though we ourselves had been the instruments. I am very
, very glad
you went to New York. Those speeches were not only spoken to the thousands in the Metropolis, but are carried to the remotest parts of this nation, & will in a few days be wafted across the Atlantic & be read by vast numbers of the inhabitants of the old world. Verily, those lectures have been given to the whole civilized world. I know something of the exhaustion you are now suffering, after such intense excitement, & really hope you may be able to take some quiet rest. Nature demands it at your hands. Lucy, do
live a long
life. There is a vast deal of work for you to do; therefore be prudent, that you may have strength to accomplish it.
I have a letter from Mrs. Fowler.[4
] She says you express some doubts about being at our annual meeting.[5
] Mrs. Stanton
desires me to say to you that she hopes you will not fail to be here. She wants to write you; but oh dear, Lucy, what can she do with five children
& two raw Irish girls— Nettie & I staid all night with her last Thursday night. They got into a discussion on the divorce question. I think the right of divorce can be most clearly proved. Now, Lucy, do come, & if you can manage to stay after
our meeting, I will get you up some meetings here that shall be profitable both spiritually & pecuniarily. One thing I want to say is, don't let money
hinder you from coming. Trust me that you shall be compensated for your time.
Some of our "Little Fry," as Mrs. Stanton calls them, wish to stave off the divorce question, & we of course are the more anxious to have those present who can discuss it fully & ably. Mr. Channing is with us.[6
] I am going to the city to hear him lecture on the Clergy & their influence, this eve.
Tuesday a.m. [3 May
] I hope you will attend the Anniversary on the 11th
inst., & also the meeting of Temperance Delegates on the 12th
, & help us Tem. women claim our right to be represented in the World's Temperance Convention.[7
] I expect the brothers
will feel very much disturbed at our presence
. Surely there is no peace for them until woman's equality is fully recognized.
I shall be at the annual meeting in N. York. If you are there, you can learn my whereabouts at the office of Fowler & Wells, 131 Nassau St.[8
I do wish I could make you feel how important it is that you be at our Temperance Convention June 1.
I saw your friend Mr. Dewey a few days since. He wished me to say to you that they should be happy to have you come on in time to make them a visit before the meeting— but do come, Lucy. I hope to see you "face to face" in New York, then I can explain matters to you.
We intend to place our society on higher ground, admit all
on terms of perfect equality.[9
I leave home tomorrow or next day, & shall stop a few days in Washington Co. previous to going to N.Y. I look to the Antislavery friends to sustain us in a our claim that woman shall be represented at the World's Convention. Were it not for the hope of their
presence, I should shrink from going into that meeting. Your Constitutional Convention comes off the 5th
] I hope your winter's labors may not have been in vain, but that Mass. will take the lead in granting to woman her equality. Yours truly,
Susan B. Anthony.
] William Henry Channing (1810-1884), of Boston, was a reformer, author, Unitarian clergyman, and a nephew of William Ellery Channing. His pursuit of a suitable and useful career had taken him to New York City, Cincinnati, Brook Farm, and back to Boston. He was elected a vice president of the woman's rights convention at Worcester in 1850, and at the meeting of 1851 he presented a report on woman's social relations. In 1852 Channing accepted a call to preach to the Rochester Unitarian Society, where he stayed until August 1854. He became, in that time, a staunch ally of the region's radical women, assisting in their woman's rights, temperance, and antislavery activities. Channing and his family settled in England from 1854 to 1861 and again after the Civil War. (Dictionary of American Biography
; Frothingham, William Henry Channing, 254-76
; History, 1:221-46, 509-10
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
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