The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony


ECS to SBA

Dear Susan,

Well here is the tract.[1] I think it is about right now seeing that the best part is all cut out. I should have sent it long ago, but I have had to change servants. Mary[2] went into the factory as she was tired revolving round the cook stove & Susan got sick & went home, so imagine me with strage servants, my boys home in their vacation & excuse my seeming negligence of all your epistles. When you come I shall try & grind out what you say must be done. I expect to get my inspiration facts & thoughts from you. I will engage to dress all the children you bring.
I am in no situation to think or write, but the occasion demands that I exert myself to do all I can, so come on, we have issued bulls under all circumstances. I think you & I can still do more even if you must make the puddings & carry the baby. Oh! Susan! Susan! Love to Nette. I embrace her with my soul I am too happy that she has brought her thunder into our state. I hope she will strike the Legislature to their hearts core with her lightning so that not one man shall dare to wag his jaw against our demands. Now if Antoinette will get our right of suffrage within two years she shall have her pick of a boy or girl from my flock & that will save her the trouble of another experiment!! Generous offer!! good night, your friend

E Cady Stanton.

[P.S.]
Can I correct proof of this tract, or do you think you can get all right?
ALS, Papers of ECS, NPV. Endorsed "July 15th/59" by SBA.
    [1.] Enclosure missing. Since her appeal to the women of New York appeared in print three days earlier, ECS probably refers here to It is So Unlady-like, a tract published in 1859 with the funds given for woman's rights work. In it ECS attacked men's attitudes toward training women for occupations. (Film, 9:505-8.)
    [2.] Probably Mary Leary, eighteen years old in 1860, who worked again for the Stantons the next year and moved with the family to New York City. (Federal Census, 1860.)