Two Autograph Letters From American Husband and Wife Suffragists Lucy Stone and Henry Browne Blackwell.

    Two letters from two of America's most prominent social reformers of the late nineteenth century. 1) Lucy Stone Autograph Letter Signed "Lucy Stone". One page, 5" x 8", on Office of The Woman's Journal letterhead, Boston, November 24, 1882, to "Frank" (Francis J. Garrison). Lucy Stone offers her condolences, and by extension the condolences of all her abolitionist comrades to Francis J. Garrison, son of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, on the passing of his wife, Mary. It reads, in part: "I do not suppose your father's children can know exactly how the old abolitionists hold you all warm in their hearts and have a personal sense of gain or loss in the gain or loss of each of you. But so it is and the few of us who survive felt infinite heartache and sorrow for your sake when your Mary went hence." A poignant letter with the usual old fold crease, a small stain and chip at the upper left corner, else legible and in fine condition.

    2) Henry Browne Blackwell Autograph Letter Signed "H.B. Blackwell". Two pages, 5.5" x 8.5", on Office of Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association letterhead, Boston, November 17, 1887, to suffragist Martha E. Root, Bay City, Michigan, with the original transmittal envelope (with The Woman's Journal printed return address). A detailed letter in which Blackwell explains the workings of the upcoming New England Woman Suffrage Bazaar. He provides Root with detailed requirements for banners: "...should be about 1½ yards long & 1 yard wide of silk, or satin - letter it with gold by local artist...". He also provides a detailed account of the distribution of expenses, etc. The letter has the usual fold creases and is slightly toned but is in otherwise very good condition. From the Judith Kaplan Women's History Collection.

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