The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony


SBA to Unknown

That Sunday meeting was the most impressive I ever attended. Aaron and I had spoken, Charles Remond followed, picturing the contumely and opprobrium everywhere heaped upon the black man and all identified with him, the ostracism from social circles, etc. At the climax he exclaimed: "I have a fond and loving mother,[2] as true and noble a woman as God ever made; but whenever she thinks of her absent son, it is that he is an outcast." He sank into his seat, overwhelmed with emotion, and wept like a child. In a moment, while sitting, he said: "Some may call this weak, but I should feel myself the less a man, if tears did not flow at a thought like that." The whole audience was in sympathy with him, all hearts were melted and many were sobbing. When sufficiently composed he rose and related, in a subdued and most impressive manner, his experience at the last village we visited where not one roof could be found to shelter him because he had a black face. At the close of his speech several men came up, handed us money and left the house because they could not bear any more, while others crowded around and assured him that their doors were open to him and his sister.
Anthony, 1:152. In Film, 8:876.
    [1.] Ida Harper assigned this letter to 1857 and the event it describes to Easton. It is more likely, however, that the letter describes a trip to Easton on 28 February 1858, when SBA was touring with Remond. Despite the notice of postponement, the Easton meeting was held. (SBA daybook, p. 53, and National Anti-Slavery Standard, 13 March 1858, in Film, 8:620ff, 1091.)
    [2.] Nancy Lenox Remond.