restricted access Isaac T. Hopper Memorial Service, Broadway Tabernacle, New York City, May 12, 1852
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92 Isaac T. Hopper Memorial Service, 1852 6. LM paraphrases the AASS’s 1833 Declaration of Sentiments, which rejected “the use of all carnal weapons for deliverance from bondage; relying solely upon those which are spiritual” (Liberator, January 4, 1834). 7. Wendell Phillips said that “He did not think all the guilt of these wrongs to which women are subjected rested on Man. He thought Woman must share equally the guilt with him” (New York Tribune, October 25, 1850, WASM). 8. In addressing the Apostle Paul’s statement that women should refrain from speaking in churches, the Congregational and later Unitarian minister Antoinette Brown, later Blackwell (1825–1921), quoted biblical passages to show that Paul meant that women were not prevented from speaking everywhere, but only from interrupting “the good order and demeanor of churches” (New York Tribune, October 26, 1850, WASM). 9. Sojourner Truth (ca. 1799–1883), abolitionist and women’s rights activist, had emancipated herself from slavery in Ulster County, New York. 10. Charlotte Bronte (1816–55) published Jane Eyre in 1847; Mary Howitt (1799– 1888), Quaker poet. Isaac T. Hopper Memorial Service, Broadway Tabernacle, New York City, May 12, 1852 LUCRETIA MOTT, an elderly Quaker lady, then laid aside her bonnet, and advancing to the pulpit or altar, delivered a funeral address in a steady, clear and audiblevoice,andcollectedmanner.Icannot say—shecommenced—thatwecome here on this sad occasion, because I do not think that, in the termination of a life thusspent,andhavingattainedtoafullage,thereisanycauseofsadness;butIthink we ought rather to rejoice in the goodness and benevolence of the Highest, that, when the time is come when we must expect the faculties bestowed on us by God, to wane and to fade; it is the act of God’s benevolence that we should be removed. When this event comes upon us all, it needs not that we call it a sad occasion if we have lived as did our brother. It needs not that we mourn for him. It is true that the tender ties of nature and of affection cannot be severed without a present pang. It has long since seemed to me not a fitting occasion to enlarge in eulogy of the deceased. Enough has been said.1 The discriminating public of all denominations uniting in the one testimony as to his worth, have done so much to supersede on this occasion the expression of many words. I would only refer to the early days of his life, which he dedicated to God, to goodness, to do his duty and to labor in his vocation. In that early day his strongest conviction, perhaps, was, that the spirit of the Highest was resting upon him, calling on him and anointing him “to preach deliverance to the captive, to open the prison to those who are bound, and to set at liberty those who are bruised.” That he was faithful to this conviction through good and evil report, many of the poor fugitives of our land, and many a heartbroken slave, can abundantly testify, and resolutions passed by the Anti-Slavery Society also bear testimony to his fidelity.2 Mrs. Mott’s address was plain, forcible and affecting, and drew tears from a portion of her auditory. PD “The Late Isaac T. Hopper,” Pennsylvania Freeman, May 27, 1852 west chester wr convention, 1852 93 1. R. N. Havens, vice-president of the Prison Association, acknowledged Hopper’s “simple but firm character . . . and of the practical benefit he had conferred on discharged convicts” (Pennsylvania Freeman, May 27, 1852). 2. Hopper had died on May 7, 1852. His antislavery activities had begun in the 1790s, and he had been disowned by the New York Monthly Meeting in 1841 for publishing antislavery articles critical of fellow Quakers, particularly George F. White, in the National Anti-Slavery Standard (Faulkner, 120; Palmer, 94, 104). Women’s Rights Convention, Horticultural Hall, West Chester, Pennsylvania, June 2–3, 1852 [June 2, Morning Session] LUCRETIA MOTT addressed the Convention, briefly referring to the importance of the movement and expressing her gratification on seeing the response given to the call, by the great number of persons assembled. She saw before her not only a large delegation from the immediate vicinity, but a goodly number from other and distant States. The movement for the enfranchisement of Woman was indeed making rapid progress. Since the first Convention held at Seneca Falls, in 1848, where a few women assembled, and notwithstanding their ignorance of Parliamentary modes of conducting business, promulgated these principles...


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