Letter from Susan B. Anthony to Ellis Meredith
Topic of letter: Apology for cancelling trip.
Ellis Meredith; gift, 1925.
"National American Woman Suffrage Association Honorary Presidents: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 26 West 61st St., New York Lucy Stone, Dorchester, Mass. President, Susan B. Anthony, Rochester, N. Y. Vice-Pres.-at-Large, Rev. Anna H. Shaw, Somerton, Philadelphia, . Sec., Rachel Foster Avery, Somerton, Philadelphia, . Sec., Alice Stone Blackwell,3 Park Street, Boston, , Harriet Taylor Upton, Warren, Ohio Auditors, May Wright Sewall, Ellen Battelle Dietrick OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY Woman's Building, Jackson Park, Chicago. During World's Fair. This letter should have gone to Martha A Pease. I was vice-president. Miss Anthony wrote me because we had met personally. Rochester N. Y. (?), Mar. 4, 1890 "To the President of the Colorado W. S. A, and all the members & friends of our good cause "Dear friends It was with great reluctance and regret that I said ay\ to your kind invitations to meet with you this last week of the campaign. But I wasn't egotistical (?) enough to declare that I could change any thousands of votes among the most ignorant men " to meet the deficit in the numbers of the intelligent voters of the state "For a man to vote for equal rights to the woman of his own household requires that he shall have been See letter WW22."
"educated out of all the traditions of the home, the church, and the state - as to the proper subordination of woman - hence - if the work of education has not been done in the homes of the farmers-the miners- the mechanics-the wage earners of the likes- for [more than] 2 years prior to the day of an election when the question - defeat is the foregone conclusion - for these [?]read - [?] classes - make the vast majority of votes in every state. So if you are defeated - charge it the lack of education - and settle yourselves down to the work of never ceasing agitation of the question in very school district of every county of your state. I have tried to hope against hope - that Colorado men would this time give us a majority for"
"for the amendment - and I shall hold on to the hope until the electrical wires shall dash it - on the day after the election - but what then - why !! not - but renewed work to agitate and educate!! Still if the should bring to us the word of triumph - the a good majority-the work of education and agitation to perform the main duties aright of Colorado - for defeat there must no rest from work - In there the renewed effort to work to make the best use of the right guaranteed Susan B. Anthony
"P.S. I shall hope to get the earliest report of the fate or our omit - I'm spirit am with you - shall be with your election day - after it - I am just home from Chicago and hope now to keep in rapport with you of Colorado and all their votes - for us all their are struggles going on."
Ellis Meredith Collection, MSS.427, History Colorado, Denver, Colorado.