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Anthony, Susan B.

LETTER: ALS to Mrs. Adams.


Anthony, Susan B[rownell]. Autograph Letter Signed, "Susan B. Anthony," to Mrs. [Mary Newbury] Adams, Rochester, N.Y., November 20, 1892.
Single sheet, 5-3/4 x 9," letterhead of the National-American Woman Suffrage Association with Susan B. Anthony as president. Occasional pencil notations (apparently by Mrs. Adams), else fine.
Miss Anthony praises Mrs. Adams, a member of the Literature Committee of the Woman's Branch of the World's Congress Auxiliary, for adding Mrs. Stanton:
I am glad you put her on your Committee - a hundred years hence the three large volumes she edited - & Anthony published - will tell who were the philosophers and who the statesmen - during & since the War of the Rebellion - [Paragraph] Have you a set of the History of Woman Suffrage for your committee - If not to whom shall I send a set - I want the work to have a prominent place in the great world's show of Histories at Chicago -
Anthony then turns her attention to the work of those connected with the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the World's Congress of Representative Women scheduled for May:
I feel that the Congresses will be the greatest & best feature - I hope you will tell everybody to be on hand there for the 'Worlds Congress of Representative Women' - Mr. [illegible] says that must be [the] glory of the whole of the Congresses - And its Chairman - Mrs. Sewall - is just such the woman to make it so too. I have never known her equal in planning & executing such a meeting -
From the first planning stages of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Susan B. Anthony and her cohorts intended to ensure that the Exposition serve as a showcase for women and their varied talents. They successfully lobbied Congress to appoint a Board of Lady Managers to oversee a Woman's Building. Anthony, with her fellow suffragists, also decided to bring together women's organizations for a "World's Congress of Representative Women," one of many such congresses held during the exposition. May Wright Sewall undertook organization of the Congress, which she did with characteristic energy and thoroughness; and, the Exposition and the Congress proved to be pivotal events in the women's rights movement, as Anthony had foreseen.
 A wonderful Anthony letter forthrightly setting forth the virtues of History Of Woman Suffrage and full of the kind of upbeat commentary which inspired her colleagues to continue their long struggle for woman suffrage. (The Fair Women by Weimann, p. 70)

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