Autograph Letter, Signed, on National Woman Suffrage Association Stationery. Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Autograph Letter, Signed, on National Woman Suffrage Association Stationery
Autograph Letter, Signed, on National Woman Suffrage Association Stationery

Autograph Letter, Signed, on National Woman Suffrage Association Stationery

[Tenafly, NJ]: [1885]. Single leaf, 5.5" x 8.5" Fine. Three old fold creases with a .25" tear following one of them at top edge. Writing is clear and bold.

Handwritten letter by pioneering suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, mentioning fellow activists Lucy Stone and Lucretia Mott. Mrs. Stanton is responding to a gentleman named Greene who apparently had requested contacts from her.

The letter is penned in a dark blue or purple ink on letterhead of the National Woman Suffrage Association (printed with the names of Susan B. Anthony and other officers from around the country), and we transcribe it as follows:

"[indecipherable] Greene / Dear Sir / I think you could [omitted word] most of the New England names by writing to Lucy Stone Ed The Woman's Journal 5 Park Street Boston. Lucretia Mott's son in law lives at 205 Walnut Street Philadelphia where you can no doubt [omitted word] the other names you mention. / respt yours / Elizabeth Cady Stanton"

Pencilled in another hand--possibly the recipient's--are "Tenafly, NJ" and "Recd 12mo4.1885[?]" at beginning and conclusion of the letter, respectively.

Interestingly, Lucy Stone had split with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in 1869 over passage of Constitutional Amendments to grant votes to Blacks but not to women. Stone and Julia Ward Howe then formed the more moderate American Woman Suffrage Association, which published "The Woman's Journal" referenced here by Mrs. Stanton. The rift was mended when the two rival suffrage associations merged in 1890 to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association.


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