The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony


SBA to Lucy Stone

Dear Lucy,

Here I am, once more, in my own Farm Home, where my weary head rests upon my own home pillow and you know, right well, how good it is to get into the home quiet after an absence of weeks and months—  I had been gone Four Months, scarcely sleeping the Second night under the same roof—  I returned immediately after the Albany Convention,[1] which you will see by the Standard was a most capital one— but I remember you don't take the Standard— and you are a sinner that you don't—  I wish you would see the last weeks issue, March 20, and read Aarons reply to A. D. Mayo at Albany— & Mayo's speech of course— [2]
Lizzie Powell, Aaron's Sister kept a running note of the speeches— [3] Mayo's was written & read,—  Lizzie had just graduated from the Normal School with highest honors—  She read an excellent essay on W. Rights—  She commences her first school as Teacher at Rye, Westchester Co. to day, on a Salary of $400. a year— pretty good to begin with—  I am very proud of Lizzie, a girl of 17 summers— she promises more than any girl yes and all I know—  I want you to see her— that your heart my be gladdened with the hope of a true & strong woman
But I must not chat—  I write to say to you that to day I have written my first W.R. letter— [4] & that is to Aunt Fanny Gage—  I have said to her that "if our receipts will allow we will pay one half her travelling expenses if she comes to the Convention"—
Phillips says he will give us the first evening, & day too I presume— shall we, like the A.S. Anniversary make the 1st session the grand one
What have you done Lucy?—  I have forgotten what you desired me to do, beside write to Aunt Fanny— it is high time we had our forces in progress for action—
I rejoiced when I saw you announced to speak in Jersey City[5] — and more than that, when I saw that you, Brady, Curtis & Chapin were to speak in Mozart Hall— surely the world moves— [6]
How comes on the little chicken?— what is her name?— [7]  And yourself and Harry and Nette & Baby & her Sam. With best Love

Susan B. Anthony

ALS, Blackwell Papers, DLC.
    [1.] SBA continued her tours for the American Anti-Slavery Society in the new year, traveling with Charles Remond and Aaron Powell to New York City and the towns of the Hudson valley in January and February. At Albany she attended the New York State Anti-Slavery Society's annual meeting in Van Vechten Hall, 8-9 March 1858, and served on the finance committee.
    [2.] Amory Dwight Mayo (1823-1907) was minister of Albany's First Unitarian Society, located on Division Street, from 1856 to 1863, and he was drawn in to the local circle of reformers. In later years he preached in Cincinnati and in Springfield, Massachusetts, and he developed a strong interest in education. His speech at Albany expressed hope that northern politics, culture, and labor, all "force[s] for freedom," could change the South, and that antislavery politicians could reveal the antislavery character of the Constitution. Aaron Powell, vice president of the convention, answered that the only way to abolish slavery was to abolish the union. (Dictionary of American Biography; Howell and Tenney, County of Albany, N.Y., 772; National Anti-Slavery Standard, 20 March 1858, Film, 8:1092-98.)
    [3.] The convention secretary, Elizabeth Macy Powell (1841-1926), later Bond, grew up on a farm at Ghent, New York, graduated from the State Normal School at Albany, and pursued a career in education and reform. After the war she directed the department of physical culture at Vassar College and, in 1886, became dean of Swarthmore College. She married Henry Herrick Bond in 1872 but was widowed in 1881. (National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, 6:365; Ellis, History of Columbia County, N.Y., 347; Johnson, Dean Bond of Swarthmore.)
    [4.] Planning was underway for the Eighth National Woman's Rights Convention held 13 and 14 May 1858 at Mozart Hall in New York City. The work should have fallen to Lucy Stone, as president of the previous convention, but SBA stepped in to help her.
    [5.] At Jersey City's Metropolitan Hall, Lucy Stone lectured on "The Industrial Disabilities of Woman" on 23 March. (New York Daily Tribune, 23 March 1858.)
    [6.] Lucy Stone was scheduled to speak on 22 April at Mozart Hall in a series entitled, "The Future of Woman in America," featuring the country's most popular lecturers, to benefit the Shirt-Sewers' and Seamstresses' Union. Stone lectured on "The Elective Franchise for Women" on the evening of 22 April. (New York Daily Tribune, 1, 8, 15, 22, 23 April 1858.) James Topham Brady (1815-1869), a prominent criminal lawyer, noted for eloquence, spoke on "Woman and her Legal Disabilities" on 1 April. (McAdam, Bench and Bar of New York, 1:266-67.) George William Curtis (1824-1892), popular author and lecturer, delivered "Fair Play for Woman" on 8 April. (Dictionary of American Biography.) Edwin Hubbell Chapin (1814-1880), a Universalist clergyman thought by many to be the nation's most eloquent man, spoke on "Woman and Her Work" on 15 April. (Dictionary of American Biography.)
    [7.] Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell could not agree on a name for their new daughter. For most of the first year of her life, the baby was called "Sarah."