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Mott, Lucretia to Wright, Martha, Roadside, 1860 11mo 16

 Item — Box: 2
Identifier: A00181976

Scope and Contents

4 pages. After listing events she has recently attended, letters she has recently sent, and her duties making and mending textiles, Lucretia Mott gives her sister news about friends and relatives. Much of the letter discusses Caroline Chase Stratton Wood and her divorce, including allusions to her husband's "inhuman" treatment of her. Other topics mentioned include the difficulties sectarianism poses to interfaith cooperation among activists; getting photographs for a (antislavery?) fair; John Plumly, who is "guarding the coast" of "native Africans"; Robert Purvis's misrepresentation by the press; a speech by Susan B. Anthony; whether she will speak at an upcoming 1861 Women's Convention at Albany; and a "colored meeting" to help a Delaware man who faced recrimination for helping fugitive slaves. Written from Roadside.

"How much some of us have had to bear, for stepping out of Disciplinary - in other words, narrow sectarian enclosure, in order to attend conventions, antislavery lectures, and fairs--our monthly meeting often occurs fair week--some think it dreadful, to absent oneself, for such 'profane babbling.'"

Subjects: Mott, Lucretia, 1793-1880; Personal correspondence; Divorce; Divorced women; Equitable distribution of marital property; Divorce--Social aspects; Stratton, Caroline Chase, -1879; Fairs; Slavery and the church; Abolitionists; Interdenominational cooperation; Quakers

Relevant locations: Cheltenham (Pa.)


  • 1860 11mo 16

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2 L

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