The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony


ECS to SBA

I find there is no use saying "no" to you. Women have grievances without number, but I want the exact wording of the most atrocious laws. I can generalize and philosophize by myself, but I have not time to look up statistics. While I am about the house, surrounded by my children, washing dishes, baking, sewing, I can think up many points, but I cannot search books, for my hands, as well as my brains, would be necessary for that work. {If I can, I shall go to Rochester as soon as I have finished my Address and submit it— and the Appeal too for that matter— to Channing's criticism. But prepare yourself to be disappointed in its merits, for} I seldom have one hour to sit down and write undisturbed. Men who can shut themselves up for days with their books and thoughts know little of what difficulties a woman must surmount.
"Early Letters," 1189; typed transcript, ECS Papers, NjR. Variant dated 1 December 1853, Film, 7:945.
    [1.] Date is that assigned to the transcript, though not to the published version. The letter falls somewhere between the letters from Channing to ECS at 28 December (above) and an incomplete one dated 3 February 1854, Film, 7:956-59.