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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
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
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
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 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.
] 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
] 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"
The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony,
ed. Ann D. Gordon, et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999).
Electronic version. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 8 January 2018]