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Editorial Policies Selection In her long speaking career, Lucretia Mott traveled to ten states, Washington, D.C., as well as Canada, England, Ireland, and Scotland. Many of the speeches and sermons she delivered were collected in Greene’s Lucretia Mott: Her Complete Speeches and Sermons (1980). Some of these have appeared in anthologies such as Michael Warner, ed., American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King, Jr. (New York: Library of America, 1999). A few are available online, including in the Women and Social Movements database. Palmer’s Selected Letters of Lucretia Coffin Mott (2002) and Faulkner’s Lucretia Mott’s Heresy (2011) summarize and occasionally quote speeches not included in the Greene edition. A search of contemporary newspapers, such as the Anti-Slavery Bugle, the Liberator, and the Pennsylvania Freeman, have yielded even more texts, summaries, and mentions of Mott’s speaking engagements. In addition, the Mott manuscript collection at the Friends Historical Library includes shorthand recordings of many of Mott’s sermons. These, recently acquired by the Friends Historical Library, have been converted into conventional English by LaJean Pursell Carruth. Building on Greene’s selections, our edition includes new and definitive examples of Mott’s speeches. For those addresses that appeared in Greene’s volume, we add annotations as well as debates and procedural comments, for example, the 1852 Syracuse Women’s Rights Convention, over which Mott presided. Further, we remove all titles added by Greene. Except in the rare instances when Mott’s speeches had titles (for example, “Discourse on Woman”) we identify the speech by event, venue, location, and date whenever possible. Since the full titles of the event are often found in the annotations, we use shorter versions with contemporary language, such as “Women’s Rights Convention” for “Eleventh National Woman’s Rights Convention.” After reviewing all the known speeches drawn from contemporary newspapers, journals, the archives at Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, and Special Collections, Haverford College, as well as other printed sources, we have selected sixty speeches and sermons for this edition. xxx editorial policies We excluded addresses with repetitious topics and themes. With the support of Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, and the assistance of Patricia C. O’Donnell, we provide a timeline of all of Mott’s known utterances, at http:// www.swarthmore.edu/library/friends/Mott/timeline/. No handwritten copies of Mott’s speeches have been discovered. As a Quaker, Lucretia Mott did not speak from a prepared text, but was guided by the inner light. As she wrote her sister Martha, “I have great faith in the Quaker creed, ‘to speak, as the Spirit giveth utterance’ . . . Fixed speeches on such occasions are not to be compared to spontaneous discussion” (to Martha Coffin Wright, May 31, 1859, in Palmer, 288). However, Mott approved several of the printed texts, such as her “Discourse on Woman.” We have used these approved texts when available, along with other printed or transcribed versions. Transcription All speeches have been carefully proofread and checked against the original sources , which are cited at the end of each document. Nineteenth-century spelling and punctuation standards have been retained, for example, “intreat” for “entreat.” Material from printed sources is transcribed as it appears in those sources, often resulting in inconsistencies from speech to speech and within speeches. Thus, capitalization (“Church,” “Scripture,” even lowercase “christian”) will vary as will names (sometimes indicated as “MOTT,” sometimes “Lucretia Mott”) and terms (for example, “woman” and “women”). Additions to the printed texts, such as audience reaction, interruptions, and asterisks, are preserved. Obvious typographical errors (“batchelor” for “bachelor”) are silently corrected. Other typographical errors such as “petition” instead of the correct “partition” are transcribed as “[partition].” Words added for clarification, for example [as] or [Morning Session], are noted in the same way. Punctuation, especially commas, semicolons, quotation marks, and question marks, is silently included or corrected at times for clarification. Asterisks (* * * *) indicate intervals between Mott’s remarks, most often occurring at the women’s rights conventions. Four of Mott’s sermons included in our edition have been transcribed from the original nineteenth-century phonographic reports, at the FHL at Swarthmore. In these instances some punctuation is added, “and” is substituted for the handwritten “&,” and capitalization within each document is regularized, for example, “Bible” for “bible.” Annotation 1. Persons, events, and quotations, from figures such as William Cowper and Isaac Watt, are identified briefly, using contemporary sources and other documentary editions when possible. No citations are supplied for major reference works such as American National...