Lucretia Mott journal of travel to the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London

Memoranda during a Passage to & from England and Three Months Travel in Great Britain and Ireland, 1840, item ID: A00179435.  Mott Manuscripts, SFHL-MSS-035. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.
Memoranda during a Passage to & from England and Three Months Travel in Great Britain and Ireland, 1840, item ID: A00179435. Mott Manuscripts, SFHL-MSS-035. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

Lucretia Mott was a prominent Philadelphia Quaker and a leader in reform movements, especially antislavery, education, peace, and women's rights. She was one of the founders of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society and led a delegation of women to the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention held in London. Mott kept this diary of her experiences when she and the other female delegates were refused partipation because of their gender.

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"Prescod of Jamaica (colored) thought it would lower the dignity of the Convention and bring ridicule on the whole thing if ladies were admitted--he was told that similar reasons were urged in Pennsylvania for the exclusion of colored people from our meetings--but had we yielded on such flimsy arguments, we might as well have abandoned our enterprise" (p. 32).

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