Post, Mary Robbins. Letter to Isaac Post.


Handwritten letter from Mary Robbins Post to Isaac Post, 186-.



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                                                                            3 mo 22
   Dear All  We have been so sorry and anxious to [sic] in hearing
of brothers frequent turns of pain and knowing so little about
them perhaps alarms us the more hope you are doing all that can
be for his restoration We have thought perhaps a visit and rest
with us might be as useful as pleasant and if you have not
thought of it do take it into consideration it may be the very
thing we should be very glad to see you the weather is now
delightful birds singing the hum of insects and the music
of the peepers with the grass growing green in sheltered spots
tempts us to think that cold and storms have left us We
perceve [sic] there has been terrible freshets all over and that your city
has in part been inundated and we have feared your store was
submerged the lower part and as it has been so full heretofore
suppose you could do little in the way of removing the goods
in season Joseph and self went to hear Anna Dickinson I don’t
know if she has delivered this lecture in your city if she has
you can understand why we were so delighted I don’t know
how any one could hear her appeal for more work and wages for
woman and not feel their spirits stirred to more noble and
earnest effort to aid in the needed labor the heart sick
-ens at the wrongs and hardships endured She commenced
by sayin [sic] the Emperor once asked Mad[am?] De Steal [sic]why women
meddled with politics her reply was so long as women were
beheaded so long they ought &c and you may ask why I
come to speake  [sic] for woman and my answer is that so long
as women are deprived of the right to do that which they
feel they have the power to do and are suffering and dyi
-ing [sic] from this cause so long these unwelcome truths mus^t^
be spoken I hope you have heard it it was unanswerable

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and I will not attempt any description as I could not
do justice  even to the thought in a word the lecture and
manners ^of the speaker^ were both unexceptional to us Last week we
had Curtis he gave us a lecture on Democracy as it
was and as it is very good but I never enjoy a written
one as much as extempore but sound and radical in
all its parts Last night Theodore Tilton came and to
the great majority he was an entire stranger and they
were disappointed in him liking him so very much
though I have no doubt they would repudiate his radi
-cal ideas if questioned but he carried all with him at
the time and some who had never heard him before said he
greatly excels Curtis who had previously been highest on the
list His lecture was on the War His introductory remarks
were quite eulogistic I congratulate ^you [sic]^ sons and daughters
decendants [sic] of Gorge [sic] Fox that great moral reformer and I never
am better pleased than when addressing such a company spoke
of speaking under the tree at Flushing where he was said to have pre
-ached his feelings and thoughts on the occasion he was more
radical than any we have had and so earnest said I
am an abolitionist told us of his Western tour of his visit
to the tomb of Elijah P Lovejoy and many other things of interest
demanding full and equal rights for the negro but
he has not bee[n?][a?]lone in the demand Curtis W P Garrison
and Haggerty a[l?]l insisted on this as the duty of the
country and the right of the colored man Some could
scarcely bear it from Wendell they said (after) he was advocat
-ing amalgamation I could not see it tho he spoke of the
Government welcoming all nations to our shores and
how willingly the rights of citizens were accorded to them
and how mean to exclude one race and that race supremely [sic]
loyal finally he said he trusted we should become a homog
-eneous people enjoying all the rights and priveleges [sic] of gove
                                       -rnment without distinction our
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fathers declared in unequivocal language that
“all men were born free and equal” and should
we continue to deprive them of them now with all
the education which these years of suffering had given
He gave us a fine that is a finished lecture but much want
-ing in energy and fire many words reminded us of his
father but now I think I have said this to you before
Cousin Edmund Martha and Jemima Keise came up yesterday
to see us and be at the lecture once or twice E assented
by a low spoken A L[obliterated]is true to me  once he spoke so loud as
to be heard by T[obliterated] who as quickly responded of course
it is or I would not have said it he said the war its cause
and one could be told on the three fingers the first What is it
the second Why is it Third What is to be done with it Answer It is war
2nd It is slavery 3 It is to be utterly exterminated    Next week
we are to have a lecture from Professor Plimpton scientific
some who have attended have professed to be tired of one
kind that is the war and the present of the country as we
all know about that preferring scientific and I have obse
-rved Isaac and Saml Hicks families have been absent
from what cuase I have not learned certain is it [sic]
they lost a pleasant opportunities for improvement in
a different phase of thought-There is a great advancemen^t^
in liberality with most yet we ^see^ prejudice and intol
-erance are not entirely removed in respect to the negro
they feel the old prejudice and weary in hearing
equality spoken of But they are being educated
faster than they know by the tome of public senti
-ment and in attending lectures I am sometimes
amused at others vexed in hearing them assert we
all are abolitionists now and need none of them to
teach us when in fact they have scarcely learned
the A B C of real antislavery and yet assume to
know all Joshua has ^had^ another poor turn and Ann
feels so very anxious and shews [sic] it too. That to
me it is quite unpleasant and to see the gloom
and despondency so ever present and I should

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think it would increase if it were possible the
difficulty Mary Ketcham passed away suddenly
at last her cousin told me Mary had desired it
might be so We have made a call there since
It seemed lonely there Isaac so hard of hearing
but where ever the vacant seat and the deserted
chamber are found this will be the feeling They
are talking of selling A person had been there
to look at the place and I believe liked it [Dorinda?]
has bought a place at Huntington [a?]nd will move soon
I think she has erred greatly [in?] doing so but she
got fixed and of course she must try it I shall be
disappointed if she does not get very sick of it
          The spring and its added care and labor
seems to have commenced in earnest for a few
days but very likely we shall have cold weather
again yesterday the thermometer was 70 in shade
Last seventh day our folks went to Roslyn to [illegible] said
Willet went with them and spent the day at James Motts
we supposed they had got moved but found they were
cleaning and painting it preparatory I expect we have
told you the place they lived on had been sold to Terry
one of the owners and James moves in a house he owns
a little east where the cabinet maker formerly lived
I have not seen E in a great while They very seld
-om come to meeting and we as seldom go to
Roslyn Our time has been filled up very much
around home its duties cares and pleasures have
multiplied keep up our sewing society and mostly
quite a goodly number last week I think we ^made and^ finishd [sic]
20 garments are making a good many for women
some for boys Stephens children have been quite
sick Sarah Post is quite smart the sore not quite
healed up Aunt Phebe has had had one or two fits
lately we so hoped she had got over them Willie
is well and goes steadily to school the large boys
are leaving off which rather unsettles him I asked Joseph
to help fill this but he is so busy out of doors that I am at the
bottom with only room for love to you all do write Mary


Freshets: a great rise or overflowing of a stream caused by heavy rains or melted snow.
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) became Emperor of France in 1804.
Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein (1766-1817), commonly known as Madame de Staël, was a French-speaking Swiss author living in Paris and abroad. She influenced literary tastes in Europe at the turn of the 19th century.
Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (1842-1932) a celebrated American orator who was well known for her eloquent speeches on behalf of the abolition and women’s rights movement; in1863 she embared on a lecture tour in support of Republican candidates; first woman to address U.S. Congress (1864).
George William Curtis (1824-1892), writer, editor, orator, abolitionist.
Theodore Tilton (1835-1907), journalist and orator; toured extensively speaking on behalf of abolition and women’s rights.
George Fox (1624-1691), founder of the Society of Friends (Quakers) in England; traveled to America 1671-1673; in 1672 Fox delivered a sermon under two oak trees in Flushing, NY. The trees were later referred to as “The Fox Oaks.” Today a commemorative stone stands on the site where the trees stood.
Elijah Parish Lovejoy (1802-1837), abolitionist editor and preacher; published the anti-slavery newspaper, the Observer , in St. Louis, MO; shot and killed by a mob who attacked his press.
Wendell Phillips Garrison (1840-1907), son of William Lloyd Garrison; literary editor of  The Evening Post and one of the founders of The Nation; co-editor of his father’s correspondence. 

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