Mott, James. Letter to Mary Anthony.


Handwritten letter from James Mott to Mary Anthony, October 25, 1855.


October 25, 1855

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James Mott[1] to Mary Anthony[2], October 25, 1855

[page 1]
            Cincinnati 10/25/55
Dear Mary,
            We returned
from Indianapolis[3] yesterday,
the convention there was small
except the last evening when
we had a good & apparently
interested audience, the speak-
ers- Mott, Gage[4] + Rose[5], all acquitted
themselves well, & on the whole
we think some good was done.
            We suppose [intelligible] left safely
at home, & none the worse
from the journey, or the expression
of the door closing the convention
To Isaac[6] & Amy Post[7]
            I had written this for
to Mary Anthony who was in
this city last week, when Lucretia[8]
told me that Mary would not be
at home, expecting to leave soon
after her return—So I will
finish it to you, & say that
[page 2]
that we left Phil^a^[9] two days ago
to attend the women’s rights con-,
vention[10] in this city last week,
have been since to Indianapolis
at a state convention[11] on the
same subject—are now here
to the anti slavery fair—shall
leave tomorrow for Toledo—[12]
            To come to the object of writing
this letter, it is to say that we
expect to reach Rochester[13] on
Friday the 2nd of next month, &
remain there over the first
day following, & Lucretia is
willing that as much notice
may be given of her expectation
of being at the regular meeting
our first ^day^ morning as you please,
            She would also like to have
an appointed meeting or lec-
-ture wherever you may please
[page 3]
to call it, in the evening, at
any meeting house or hall
it may seem best—you may
well it will be on human
progress ^or rights^ if you choose, for
that will [enhance?] any thing
& every thing. [14]
            Mary Anthony said her
father would be willing to
assist in doing what may be
            James Mott

If the meeting in the eve
-ning should ^be^ any trouble
in arranging, let it [part?]
            Will it be too much to
ask if you will let [illegible] Sarah[15]
& [owell?][16] of our expectation of
being with them—they being
[page 4]
of another religious strike
we do not write to them to
give notice or get [illegible] [sign?]

[1] James Mott, June 20, 1788 – January 26, 1868. (source)

[2] Mary Stafford Anthony, April 2, 1827 - February 5, 1907. She was the sister of Susan B. Anthony. She campaigned for woman’s rights and suffrage. (source)

[3] Indianapolis, IN

[4] Frances Barker Gage, October 12, 1808 - November 10, 1884. Gage was a suffragist and abolitionist. (source) and (source)

[5] Ernestine Louise Rose, January 13, 1810 - August 4, 1892. She was a major supporter of women's rights movement and property rights for women. (source) and (source)

[6] Isaac Post, February 26, 1798 - April 1872

[7] Amy Kirby Post, December 20, 1802 - January 29, 1889

[8] Lucretia Coffin Mott, January 3, 1793 – November 11, 1880. She was James Mott’s wife. She was a Quaker, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist. (source)

[9] Philadelphia, PA.

[10] The Sixth National Women’s Rights Convention was held in Cincinnati in October 17–18, 1855. (source)

[11] The Indiana Woman’s Rights Convention was held in Indianapolis in 1855.

[12] Toledo, KS.

[13] Rochester, NY.

[14] A search of Rochester newspapers did not find any mentions of this presentation. But

a week later, Lucretia Mott gave a lecture to a very large audience at the Friends' Meeting House in NYC during the morning of November 12 according to a published article in The New York Herald. (source)

[15] Sarah Parker Redmond, June 16, 1826 – December 13, 1894. She was an African-American abolitionist and member of the American Anti-Slavery Society. (source)

[16] Possibly Owell or Orwell. Unknown. 

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“Mott, James. Letter to Mary Anthony.,” Post Family Papers Project, accessed December 10, 2018,