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Whispers of Cruel Wrongs Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography William L. Andrews Series Editor Whispers of Cruel Wrongs r The Correspondence of Louisa Jacobs and Her Circle, 1879–1911 Edited by Mary Maillard T h e U n i v e r s i t y o f Wi s c o n s i n P r e s s Edited by Mary Maillard The University of Wisconsin Press 1930 Monroe Street, 3rd Floor Madison, Wisconsin 53711-2059 3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden London WC2E 8LU, United Kingdom Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System All rights reserved. Except in the case of brief quotations embedded in critical articles and reviews, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted in any format or by any means—digital, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise— or conveyed via the Internet or a website without written permission of the University of Wisconsin Press. Rights inquiries should be directed to Printed in the United States of America This book may be available in a digital edition. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Maillard, Mary (Manuscript editor), editor. Title: Whispers of cruel wrongs: the correspondence of Louisa Jacobs and her circle, 1879–1911 / edited by Mary Maillard. Other titles: Wisconsin studies in autobiography. Description: Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, [2017]| Series: Wisconsin studies in autobiography | “All of the seventy-eight documents reproduced in this collection are held in a single private collection, the Annie Wood Webb Papers. Because of the rarity of these documents as examples of nineteenth-century African American women’s personal correspondence, there has been no selection process: all documents written by Louisa Jacobs and Annie Purvis to Eugenie Webb are included.”—Editorial note.| Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016041576 | ISBN 9780299311803 (cloth: alk. paper) Subjects: LCSH: Jacobs, Louisa Matilda, 1833–1917—Correspondence.| Purvis, Annie (Harriet Ann), 1848–1917—Correspondence.| Webb, Eugenie, 1856–1919—Correspondence.| African American women—Correspondence. Classification: LCC E185.96 .W475 2017 | DDC 305.48/896073—dc23 LC record available at For Del and Carole Mizpah You know a woman can whisper her cruel wrongs in the ear of a dear friend much easier than she can record them for the world to read. Harriet Jacobs to Amy Post, 1859 r I know the cruel wrongs that crush The young and ardent heart; But falter not; keep bravely on, And nobly bear thy part. Charlotte Forten, “The Angel’s Visit,” 1858 One by one the sands are flowing, One by one the moments fall; Some are coming, some are going; Do not strive to grasp them all. One by one thy duties wait thee, Let thy whole strength go to each, Let no future dreams elate thee, Learn thou first what these can teach. One by one (bright gifts from Heaven) Joys are sent thee here below; Take them readily when given, Ready too to let them go. One by one thy griefs shall meet thee, Do not fear an armed band; One will fade as others greet thee; Shadows passing through the land. Do not look at life’s long sorrow; See how small each moment’s pain; God will help thee for to-morrow, So each day begin again. Every hour that fleets so slowly Has its task to do or bear; Luminous the crown, and holy, When each gem is set with care. Do not linger with regretting, Or for passing hours despond; Nor, the daily toil forgetting, Look too eagerly beyond. Hours are golden links, God’s token, Reaching Heaven; but one by one Take them, lest the chain be broken Ere the pilgrimage be done. Adelaide Anne Proctor, “One by One” ...


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