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I got your letter— I am so glad of the brave work you are doing! God bless you in it, and speed the right! Nettie
is right I think about Mrs. Stantons appeal
— which is good, and grand in itself considered— But it is a pity to raise any side
issue. When you want to secure the right of suffrage dont clog that question with any thing else— The people
as a general thing, wont think anything about it— But critics
who hate the whole movement will
— I have no objection to the religious question being raised. It will have
to be,— but let it be by itself— "What is did, is did"— and you have now only to work right on—
I wish you had a good strong helper— but you are a host in yourself
— There is a Miss Anna Gardner of Nantucket who I think would aid you as a lecturer— [1
] She has good thoughts, writes well, and if some one will plan
the meetings for her, I think would be of service— She reads her lectures, but will learn to speak— She will write you—
I would not pledge her any pay— but tell her that you must see how
many much money she can raise, before you know how much she will be worth—
packed you a thousand books yesterday— I hope you will need as many more— Send us the pay when you can— Your work will surely tell
— I go to Maine this week— but my P.O. is 21 Cornhill— [2
] With much love
ALS, HM 10504, Ida Harper Collection, CSmH
. Stone wrote "1851"; endorsed "1854" by SBA.
] Anna Gardner (1816-?), an antislavery activist on Nantucket, later went south to teach in schools for the freedmen and returned, at the end of Reconstruction, to lecture and write on her native island. She published two books of poetry in the 1880s. It does not seem that she joined SBA in New York. (American Women
The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony,
ed. Ann D. Gordon, et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999).
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