The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

Charles Lenox Remond to SBA

My dear friend Susan B. Anthony,

By this you will learn the whereabouts of the Remond's and all there is of them, and after all it is not enough to make any fuss about. Still some editors and scribblers are foolish to do so, and if it does them any good I won't find fault. Now in the first place I want to hope you are, together with your entire family in the enjoyment of good health and a large share of worldly prosperity. Sarah is well and I find myself improved since our seperation in Cleveland in regard to meetings since that time, with the exception of a few places. I cannot say much, for the weather & travelling has every way unpleasant and uncomfortable, and getting money or subscribers seems out of the question.[1] We seperated with our friend Mr. Foss[2] on tuesday week past and started for this City by the way of Columbus, and where at we held or tried to hold three meetings but all of which proved miserable failures, the entire citizens both colored & white gave us a rascally letting alone. And this you know uses me up a little quicker than any other demonstration, and if I could have got hold of about five hundred of the twice dead citizens on the last evening of our stay, I think I would have piled the epithets upon them pretty thick for I do consider it a little the most heartless place I ever visited. in this City we have held three meetings very well attended by the colored people and tomorrow (Friday) evening we hold our fourth and last, and on Saturday morning we start for Carrol and Harrison Counties[3] whereat we remain six or eight days, and then go into Pennsylvania on our way home, and shall probably reach home about the 20th of next month, and after being at home a few weeks shall be ready I hope to start again for another campaine. And do you know how our good friend Aaron is doing and if his health is improving? and will he be able to travell this winter? I shall be sorry if he cannot. At any rate please drop me a line intimating your plans for the winter. Its possible I am expected to spend the winter in Vermont but if what I hear is true of the climate of that state and among the mountains especially, I should not expose my health by going there, and I prefer Western N. York any how, at any rate if the party of Yourself— Aaron, Sarah and my self can be made I am in for it. So you can depend upon me if you wish as one who is willing to be a soldier under your generalship. now that ain't flattery greater than you can bear is it? for if it impresses you that way, I have not designed it.
From Mrs. Foster I have not heard anything since the Convention in Cleveland. And when I get home my promises made to her are more than fulfilled, and I am again at liberty, although I am anxious to know the plans for the season of the Boston Committee. Have you heard any thing from Messrs Howland—Brooke—Brown & Mrs. Colman,[4] for I can not even learn their field of operations.
When you see Isaac & Amy[5] please give my love to them, and tell them I hope they will not allow Rochester to slumber or sleep through the winter but have the agitators in again who will torment them within an inch of their lives. Remember me also, very kindly to your parents and Sister Mary and in the meantime, I remain Very Truly, Yr friend

C. Lenox Remond

ALS, HM 10513, Ida Harper Collection, CSmH.
    [1.] Remond alludes to the financial panic that hit the country in August 1857. He saw SBA at the Disunion Convention in Cleveland on 28 October. Variously called the "Northern Convention," the "Convention of the Free States," and "National Disunion Convention," this meeting was held "to consider the practicability, probability, and expediency of a separation of the Free and Slave States." Disunionism intensified in response to the Dred Scott decision, handed down by the Supreme Court on 6 March 1857. The Court ruled that slaves were not citizens of the United States and that Congress lacked authority to regulate slavery in the territories. (Anti-Slavery Bugle, 7 November 1857; Edelstein, Strange Enthusiasm, 197-201; Garrison, Letters, 4:454-58.)
    [2.] Andrew Twombly Foss (1803-1875), a Baptist minister, became an agent of the American Anti-Slavery Society in the 1850s. He too attended the Disunion Convention. (Garrison, Letters, 4:317n; Douglass, Papers, 2:446n.)
    [3.] Carroll and Harrison are adjoining counties in east-central Ohio.
    [4.] Another team of lecturers set out from Cleveland after the convention; they were Joseph Avery Howland, Samuel Brooke, William Wells Brown, and Lucy N. Colman. Howland (c. 1820-1889), of Worcester, Massachusetts, was an antislavery lecturer and an organizer of the Disunion Convention. (Garrison, Letters, 5:113n; Boston Evening Transcript, 21 December 1889.) Brooke (1808-1889) lived in Alliance, Ohio, and was general agent of the Western Anti-Slavery Society. (Garrison, Letters, 3:514n.) Brown (c. 1814-1884) was a well-known writer and lecturer who escaped from slavery in 1834 and published a Narrative of his life in 1847. While living in Buffalo, he became active in the Western New York Anti-Slavery Society, and within a few years won recognition as an effective speaker. Earlier in 1857, he toured with SBA and Aaron Powell for the American Anti-Slavery Society. (Dictionary of American Negro Biography; Farrison, William Wells Brown.) Lucy Newhall Danforth Colman (1817-1906) taught a school for black children in Rochester to support herself and a child and was active in abolitionism, efforts to integrate the public schools, woman's rights, and spiritualism. She allied herself with SBA in the state teachers' association and lectured for the American Anti-Slavery Society and for woman's rights. During the Civil War she was matron of the National Colored Orphan Asylum in Washington. She returned north to Syracuse to lecture and write on free thought. (Dictionary of American Biography; National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, 4:229-30.)
    [5.] Amy Kirby Post (1802-1889) and her husband, Isaac Post (1798-1872) were radical Quakers and prominent Rochester reformers. They were founding members of the Western New York Anti-Slavery Society, participants at the 1848 Seneca Falls Woman's Rights Convention, and helped organize the Congregational Friends in 1848. There was little of radical reform in Rochester that did not pass through their house; spirit communication was studied and authenticated there; radical lecturers and fugitive slaves stayed there; campaigns against capital punishment met there; and Amy Post helped to arrange Rochester's woman's rights convention on 2 August 1848. (Notable American Women; Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography; Hewitt, "Amy Kirby Post.")