The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

SBA to Matilda Joslyn Gage

Dear Mrs. Gage

Your letter of the 20th Nov. was duly rec'd. I regret to learn that your children are ill & you thereby obliged to forego Lecturing for the present—  Most assuredly do we need every one of our small number to help on the work. "The Fields are ripe unto harvest & the laborers are inded few—" [2]
I do but little in the way of getting signatures to petitions, get persons engaged to circulate them—  Every where, numbers volunteer to do the work—
We intend to present the Petitions as early as the 2d week of the Session, that is all that shall be forwarded to me thus early— & after that, I hope the friends will continue sending them in to Lydia Mott Albany & we will continue reminding our Hon. Legislators from day to day, of the wants of the Women of the State—  Therefore you will be in time, provided you are able to do any thing previous to the close of the Session—
It is easy, but not so pleasant as might be, to tell you what I am now doing, I am snowed in at Fairport— [3] Yesterday, Monday, a.m. I rode through the snow, 3½ miles to Depot, intending to go to Rochester by 7¼ Train, waited there until 5 O.C. p.m. & no train went west, then availed myself of a chance to stop at a Friends house, where I now am, with no prospect of getting away very soon—  I have been lecturing since my return from Philadelphia, the 1st of Nov.—  I do not succeed with door fees in small villages— the prejudice against a charge at the door is so very strong—  I trust luck to Collections to defray my expenses, & sell the Books— Mrs. S. Address at 3 cts apiece & the bound tracts, got from Lucy at 25 cts apiece— she sold them at Phila at less than wholesale price— her printer Yerrington[4] charges me $16 per hundred—  I believe I can get them printed for less money— to retail at 2/ they should wholesale at 1/—
We have decided not to hold a Convention in Albany this winter, but to present our Petitions quietly, thus avoiding to rouse the Lion of the Pulpit or the Press—
A note from Mrs. Jenkins a few days since, says she is ill & has been most of the Summer & Fall— therefore we can not look to her for help—
This is an old fashion New-England Snow Storm, & all looks like the"Snow scene" paintings—  If I were only at my own home, then could I write & prepare for future work—  I am however among very pleasant people, & ought to be content, when thousands are overtaken by this Storm who have neither home or shelter nor friend— the sufferings of the poor sewing women must be extreme this winter—   Yours Truly

Susan B. Anthony

ALS, Matilda Joslyn Gage Collection, MCR-S.
    [1.] Written at Fairport, east of Rochester. SBA indicates how to address her letters.
    [2.] SBA modifies Matt. 9:37-38 and Luke 10:2.
    [3.] On 5 December the New York Daily Tribune was unable to give full particulars of this severe storm,"in consequence of the breaking down of telegraphs, the delay of railroad trains, the suspension of steamboat navigation; and the consequent failure of the mails." The storm was most severe in central and northern New York.
    [4.] James Brown Yerrinton (1800-1866) printed the Liberator in Boston, along with his son James Manning Winchell Yerrinton (1825-1893). The son became a skilled phonographic reporter, in demand for meetings and lectures throughout the Northeast. (Garrison, Letters, 5:31-32.)