The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony


Antoinette L. Brown to ECS

Dear Mrs. Stanton—

Did you think my last was a savage letter? Well perhaps it was! You will give me credit for plain speaking at least.[2]
I have heard nothing yet from you or Susan and so thought I would write again
Please dont think me captious, Mrs Stanton, if you can help it, for it really is not true; but I am very sensitive about fastening theological questions upon the woman movement. It is not that I am horrified at your calling St Pauls writings 'human parchments'; but because I think when it is done officially that it is really unjust to the cause. It is compelling it to endorse something which does not belong to it. When you write for yourself say exactly what you please, but if you write as Cha'n Woman's Rights Con. do not compell us to endorse any thing foreign to the movement
But enough of that, I was very glad to know that you and Susan were taking hold of the work so full of energy. God bless you both. You will get a grand petition. You will help her hold meetings most of the time, cant you? I thought from what Mrs Rose said that she would also work earnestly
The New Englanders are looking with interest to see what our state will do.
I shall be home in January sometime; yet but very little reliance can be put upon me any way since I am 'laid up to dry.'
Last week I saw Lucy Stone at Boston and she partly promised to come here and spend Sabbath and new years day. She is really engaged now, and will be married in the Spring. Well I am glad. Arent you? Very happy she seems too, and as frank as the day about it. I like that. Dont you? I would not be ashamed of 'my Harry' if I had one; but am 'o'er glad' after all that I haven't 'got in love.'
A great many people were at the antislavery Bazaars last week. It was pleasant to have a general rallying— Mrs Child was there and had a table[3]. Cordially ever

Nette L. Brown

[P.S.]
Wont you send me a line here, Andover, Mass. if you write by the 8th of January which I hope you will, or if after that to Hopedale Mass for a week more.[4]
ALS, Blackwell Papers, DLC.
    [1.] Where she visited her brother William Bryant Brown, pastor of a free church.
    [2.] Brown wrote this missing letter after reading the appeal to the women of New York.
    [3.] Lydia Maria Francis Child (1802-1880), a professional writer, was won over to abolitionism by William Lloyd Garrison and thereafter put her literary reputation and talent into service to the cause. An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans (1833) influenced many people to oppose slavery and drew attention to the laws and customs by which the North practiced racial discrimination. Two years later she published The History of the Condition of Women, in Various Ages and Nations, in two volumes, a work that supplied Sarah Grimké, ECS, and a generation of activists with illustrations of women's oppression and achievement. She was named to the executive committee of the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1840, and in 1841 she became editor of the National Anti-Slavery Standard. (Notable American Women; Karcher, The First Woman in the Republic.)
    [4.] Brown frequently visited this fraternal community of two hundred people at Milford, Massachusetts. Its residents, who called themselves Practical Christians, were active in abolition and other reforms. (Fogarty, American Communal and Utopian History, 10, 145, 183-84.)