The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

Antoinette L. Brown to SBA

Susan B. Anthony Very Respected Madam

There! isnt that a truly scientific and exemplary way of commencing a letter!
Mrs. H.[1] said you were in the city Friday expecting me there. I learned that the best way for me to go to Pultneyville was to take the cars to Palmyra, then the stage. In this way did not have to leave Rochester till after 10 Ock.[2] So I had plenty of time in the morning, to reach the city. If I had thought you would really have expected me would have written you about it.
Saw a number of your old friends from various parts of Wayne Co. All asked after you & your present doings; & the result was that I began to feel that you must speak at N.Y. both at the Temperance & Woman's Rights Conventions.[3] Do, for your own sake & your friends, as well as the causes, be as well prepared as you have the ability to be; then after those meetings are over go to lecturing at least for a few months in right good earnest. You ought to do it, & of course its what you are willing to do.
I talked on Temperance Sat. evening at Williamson & Sab. eve at Pultneyville. Thence red eyes & a heavy head to day.
Am just reading Fanny Fern.[4] Like her better & better! Good by. Very obligedly


ALS, Blackwell Papers, MCR-S.
    [1.] Probably Mary Hallowell of Rochester.
    [2.] Towns in Wayne County. Palmyra lies along the Erie Canal and a rail line, and Pultneyville and Williamson are north, near the shore of Lake Ontario.
    [3.] The Whole World's Temperance Convention was scheduled for 1-2 September 1853, and what Lucy Stone called "an independent meeting" for woman's rights was to follow it on 6-7 September.
    [4.] Sara Payson Willis Farrington (1811-1872), later Parton, wrote under the name Fanny Fern. Fern Leaves from Fanny's Portfolio (1853) was a best-selling collection of the popular articles she had written since 1851. Known for her unconventional wit and satiric style, Fern became a successful novelist and a well-paid newspaper columnist who sought economic independence and wider opportunities for women. (Notable American Women; Warren, Fanny Fern, 104-19.)