The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

SBA to Wendell Phillips

Dear Mr. Phillips

You will see by the enclosed,[1] that the Woman's Rights Petitions have been presented to our Legislature, & that each is referred to a Select Committee.
The Assembly Com. give our Committee a hearing on Wednesday p.m. 3 Oclock, March 1st & the Senate Com. on Thursday the 2d March.— Next Wednesday is the only time, that all the Assembly Com. can be here, therefore there can be no postponement—  Mr. May, Mr. Channing Miss Brown, & Mrs. Rose are our Committee. Mr. May has just telegraphed him me saying, "Send for Phillips, I can't be there." You will see that Mr.Channing alone cannot do the work that needs to be done. We want a Lawyer, or one who understands the law—  There is also some uncertainty with regard to Miss Brown's being present, & Mrs. Rose at a meeting, the Friday following our Convention addressed a large number of the members of the Legislature. The admission to this meeting was 25 cts. & the Association Hall, (in which you spoke last Fall,) was densely crowded, & that with the first Class Citizens. We, therefore feel that our argument before the Legislative Com. should be presented by additional some other person, beside Mrs. Rose. Miss Mott with myself, feel that we ought to have a strong force of speakers present.— There is a general impression among the members of Assembly, that some relief should be granted, & the Committee are all, save two, quite favorably disposed. You will see that the action of the Com. depends very much upon the impression made by our Committee. I hope you will be able to be present— we deeply regretted the absence of both yourself & Lucy Stone at our Convention last week—  You may think it not right for a person out of our State to address the Committee but we have plenty of precedents. Neal Dow, last winter, addressed our Legislature on the Maine Law.[2]
If Tuesday & Wednesday will suit you, better than Wednesday & Thursday, we can make such change.— Will you please Telegraph me 37 Maiden Lane,[3] if you can be here the 1st & 2d & not prepay Telegraph.
If it is an utter impossibility for you to give but one day, the cause will be greatly served thereby— but I do hope you will be able to waive some of your engagements—  You with us, feel that this is an important crisis in the movement— Hoping that the Telegraph will say, "I will be in Albany, March 1st & 2d," I am yours for the Right

Susan B. Anthony.

ALS, Ms.Am.28, Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts, MB.
    [1.] Enclosure missing.
    [2.] Neal Dow (1804-1897) drafted the Maine law and won its passage through the state legislature when he was elected the mayor of Portland in 1851.
    [3.] The home of Lydia Mott in Albany.