restricted access Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, Concert Hall, Philadelphia, April 14, 1875
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Free Religious Association, 1875 207 3. Financier Jay Cooke, LM’s neighbor, had closed his namesake firm in September, sparking an economic panic across the country (Palmer, 363). Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, Concert Hall, Philadelphia, April 14, 1875 I came here without the least expectation of saying a word, understanding the meeting to be at the call of the Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, as organized long before the Anti-Slavery Society, headed by William Lloyd Garrison . In this, the first society, women were not expected to take part. I therefore, should feel very much out of place were there not a union at this time of both societies. Then again, owing to a severe cold, my hoarseness is such that I cannot be heard probably many feet from me; but my interest in this cause makes me willing, at the suggestion of your chairman, to occupy a few moments. The speaker [LM], after expressing the hope that what had been said would have the effect to stimulate her hearers to greater zeal in the support of schools for the education of people of color, and in the many similar directions in which they had been engaged, proceeded to correct an erroneous statement that Elizabeth Heyrick was a member of the Society of Friends.1 Referring to what had been said concerning the gratitude of the negro, she gave some instances from her personal experience, and remarked that much yet remained to be done in order to put a stop to outrages upon the colored people such as were still perpetrated in the South. She referred to the moral influence of the anti-slavery sentiments in bringing about the emancipation of the colored race. PD “Centennial Anniversary of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery” (Philadelphia : Grant, Faires and Rodgers, 1875), 27 1. Though she was not born into the faith, Heyrick converted to the Society of Friends. Free Religious Association, Beethoven Hall, Boston, May 28, 1875 It seems to me very kind in an audience to be willing to stay and listen to the humble words of an old Quaker woman, after feeling how forcible are ripe words as we have heard them expressed this morning. When the beautiful bouquet was brought in, I thought perhaps it was meant to be a symbol of the words fitly spoken to which we have listened, which in the old Scripture were compared to apples of gold in pictures of silver. I have listened with the greatest interest to the essay that has been read, and to all your proceedings.1 Indeed, since my first attendance at this Free Religious meeting, I have been a constant reader of the productions of the pens of those interested in the promotion of its objects, and very often have entirely responded to what has there been presented. ...