The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

SBA to William Lloyd Garrison

Dear Friend Garrison

You have learned from my letters to Mr. May,[1] how very much Syracuse & Rochester need you at their Conventions immediately following the Albany Convention— & also how Utica, Auburn & Buffalo put in strong claims for your presence—   I hope you will be able to attend all of these Conventions — both Aaron & myself feel that Conventions at those places, without your strong word, & actual presence, will be failures— [2]
I write Phillips by same mail, asking him to give me the days he can be at Albany— and just so soon as the time for that Convention is fixed upon, I shall arrange the times for the five Con. west—   As soon as that shall be done I will write Lucy Stone & ascertain how many of them she will attend—   I have already written her relative to the Albany Convention & hope to see her name announced in this weeks Liberator— [3]
If we can have you & Lucy & Parker Pillsbury[4] added to Powell & the Remonds, I am sure those Central N.Y. Con. will be successful, as to numbers & Finance
Aaron & I think the Albany Con. should commence by an Evening meeting, with yourself & Lucy Stone, or Phillips & Lucy Stone announced as speakers— Such a meeting will attract the people at first call, & prepare them for the following meetings—
Now Mr. Garrison please say to me, at Rochester whether you can attend these Conventions following the Albany— I think they may be accomplished in two weeks—  If you can attend but Syracuse & Rochester— then I will put those 1st in order after Albany— but I hope you can attend them all
Now is emphatically the hour for the strong word to be spoken—   And to get the ear of the people we must have in our programme the Strong men, whom the world knows
I hope Mrs. Garrison is recovered from her illness—  My best love to her please— also to Fanny— Yours Truly

Susan B. Anthony

P.S. Aaron sends kindest regards to yourself, Mrs. G. & the children—also to Frances Jackson—  S. B. A.
ALS, Garrison Papers, MB.
    [1.] Samuel May, Jr. (1810-1899), a cousin of Samuel J. May, pursued a career as Unitarian minister after graduation from Harvard College until his abolitionism divided his congregation. In 1847 he was named general agent or general secretary of the American Anti-Slavery Society, and he managed the society's agents and business until 1865. (Eliot, Heralds of a Liberal Faith, 3:235-38; Garrison, Letters, 4:78n, 5:38n.)
    [2.] The schedule changed. Garrison joined the tour before the New York State Anti-Slavery Society meeting in Albany on 20 February 1857, and spoke at Rochester, Syracuse, and Utica. (SBA daybook, pp. 16-23, Film, 8:620ff; Liberator, 23 January 1857; Garrison, Letters, 4:422-37.)
    [3.] SBA to L. Stone, 10 December 1856, Film, 8:812-13. The Liberator was the Boston antislavery weekly begun by Garrison in 1831. Garrison remained its editor until the paper ceased publication in 1865.
    [4.] Parker Pillsbury (1809-1898) grew up in New Hampshire and trained for the ministry before he became one of the American Anti-Slavery Society's most untiring agents. His career as an abolitionist lecturer started in New England in 1839 and continued through the Civil War. He wrote hundreds of letters and articles for the antislavery press about public opinion and the movement's needs. Pillsbury credited Stephen Foster with helping him break away from religious orthodoxy, and like Foster, he confronted clergy and congregations as slavery's collaborators. After hearing him lecture, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that Pillsbury "is fit to meet the barroom wits and bullies; he is wit and bully himself and something more; . . . [he] flings his sarcasms right and left, sparing no name or person or party or presence." He became one of SBA's best friends and valued teachers. Of the prominent male abolitionists, Pillsbury alone endorsed an all-out struggle for woman suffrage at the end of the Civil War, and he coedited the Revolution with ECS. In 1840 he married Sarah H. Sargent, who stayed in Concord, New Hampshire, raising their one child through his years of lectures and travel. (Pillsbury, Acts of the Anti-Slavery Apostles; Filler, "Parker Pillsbury," 315-37 ; Robertson, "Parker Pillsbury".)