American Anti-Slavery Society, Minerva Rooms, New York City, May 8, 1849
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American Anti-Slavery Society, 1849 55 “But oh, Thou bounteous giver of all good, Thou art of all thy gifts thyself the crown; Give what thou canst, without thee we are poor, And with thee rich, take what thou wilt away.”6 And in acknowledging, O God, that every good and perfect gift is from above and cometh from thee, the Father of lights, we are bound to prostrate ourselves before thee and to bless thy holy name, and in remembrance of thy many mercies , to ask of thee a renewed clothing of that spirit which breathes glory to thee in the highest, on earth peace and good will to men; even thine own spirit which resisteth not evil, nor revengeth wrong, but which through thy power, is enabled to bless them that curse and to pray for them that persecute. We are sensible that this cannot be attained by our finite comprehension, that thou has veiled it from human understanding; for thou continuest to hide these things from the wise and simple and reveal them unto babes. Grant, then, O Father, that we may be brought unto such a child-like state as to receive all the mysteries that belong to thy kingdom. We would ask to be kept so humble by thy mighty power that we vaunt not ourselves, saying that by our own hand we have gained any victory. But we would acknowledge, that thou only hast the power, and that to thee alone belongs all the glory. PD “A Sermon to The Medical Students, Delivered by Lucretia Mott,” Revised Phonographic Report (Philadelphia: Merrihew & Thompson, 1849) 1. In an undated letter (ca. December 1848) to her sister Martha Wright (1806–75), LM wrote, “The medical students, some of them, have asked me to have a meeting for them” (Hallowell, 309). Her audience was composed of students from the Thomas Jefferson Medical College and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School (Faulkner, 1–2). 2. William Cowper (1731–1800), “The Task” (1785). 3. Alexander Pope (1688–1744), “Messiah: A Sacred Eclogue, in Imitation of Virgil’s Pollio” (1712). 4. LM wrote that “some 20 or 30 rose to go out, while the subject of slavery was pressed upon their attention—Part of this number halted at the door & remained to the close —” (to Joseph and Ruth Dugdale, March 28, 1849, in Palmer, 181). 5. In March 1847 the Society for the Promotion of Permanent and Universal Peace petitioned Parliament to set an example to the world by abandoning the “war system” and adopting arbitration in order to make war “all but impossible.” American peace activist Elihu Burritt (1810–79) had helped sponsor a peace congress in Brussels in September 1848 (London Times, March 10, 1847; Liberator, January 26, 1849). 6. Cowper, “The Task.” American Anti-Slavery Society, Minerva Rooms, New York City, May 8, 1849 Lucretia Mott, of Philadelphia, hoped we should not rely for the interest of these meetings, upon our agents and our habitual speakers, but that every one present, like our friend who has just sat down,1 would speak “as the spirit gave him utterance.” We need, she continued, that our confidence in the might of 56 Cherry Street Meeting, 1849 Truth should be enlarged and strengthened. Much had been said to-day of the tremendous power of the Church and the Government in obstructing anti-slavery work;2 and yet, as was said of old, “wine is strong and woman is strong, but truth is stronger than all,” so would she now say. The Constitution is strong, and the Church is strong, but the Truth is stronger than both, it is omnipotent, and it will triumph yet. Many now are glorying in the Church, and exulting in her strength, her majesty, and her fair proportions, and they proudly say of her, as some did to Jesus of the temple, Master, see what goodly stones and what buildings are here! But there is a Jesus now, there is a well beloved Son of God in the present, who says to the self-deluded admirers, “I tell you there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down!” Mrs. M. went on to enumerate the successive points gained in the anti-slavery contest, emancipation at home in numerous cases, full emancipation in the British West India islands, prejudices vanquished, the eyes of so many morally blind opened, so extensive an interest awakened in behalf of the slave, so many colored men...


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