Lucretia Mott letter to Martha Coffin Wright and Eliza Wright Osborne, 1861

Lucretia Mott letter to Martha Coffin Wright and Eliza Wright Osborne, 1861-03-19, item ID: A00181984. Mott Manuscripts, SFHL-MSS-035, Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College.
Lucretia Mott letter to Martha Coffin Wright and Eliza Wright Osborne, 1861-03-19, item ID: A00181984. Mott Manuscripts, SFHL-MSS-035, Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College.

Lucretia Mott was a prominent Philadelphia Quaker and a leader in reform movements, especially antislavery, education, peace, and women's rights. In this letter, Mott talks briefly about secession, quotes and discusses a relative's remarks in favor of compensated emancipation, gives her opinions of Abraham Lincoln's inaugural address from an antislavery perspective, and quotes some comments on it from "The Bugle" and the "Principia."

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"When Lincoln and Seward and very many of the Republicans promise, or express a willingness, to strengthen the pro-Slavery parts of the Constitution and to yield the claim to rob and murder by thousands--an infinitely greater number, than in any probably war, might be slain--then 'the sacrifice of a few lives,' in resisting such iniquitous provisions, may be a question" (p. 2).

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