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But this painful hour of warfare crowds home upon us the
conviction that woman's interests equally with man's are
imperiled--private as well as public, individual as well as social.
She must not only consent to the sacrifice of husbands and sons
falling in their blood on the enemy's ground; but failing to conquer
them there, these enemies are eager to change the scene of action,
transfer the battle-field to our own doors, spread death and
devastation, and then establish slavery as a legacy to us. Yes, let it
be shown and sent home to the hearts of those who shall meet, that
woman is equally interested and responsible with man in the final
settlement of this problem of self-government.

Wishing that the women of every State may be largely represented by
earnest and faithful representatives, able to give wise counsel and
efficient action, I am very cordially with you in spirit,

CLARISSA G. OLDS.


BRADFORD, N. H., _May 10, 1863_.

MRS. STANTON--MY DEAR MADAM:--I thank you for myself, and for
thousands of women in our State, who may perhaps remain silent, for
the clarion call you have rung through the land for a convention of
the loyal women of the nation, to be held at New York on the 14th of
the present month. God bless you for the rallying cry, and may there
be such a gathering of patriotic women as the times demand. I trust
the women of our State will be well and largely represented. I must
believe that the women nurtured among our granite hills are ready for
all earnest work and brave self-sacrifice, to help bear up and on the
banner of freedom, till it waves in victory over all our beloved
country. I wish you a hearty God-speed in all noble and patriotic
efforts.

Truly yours, MARY J. TAPPAN.


DEBRY, N. H.

We rejoice in your call to the women of our country to do something,
in the great hour of her peril. They are generally too indifferent to
her success or failure, lack zeal and earnestness, and need
enlightenment on the true state of this contest. It is not a mere
matter of triumph of arms, but of principle, which will affect us and
future generations.

H. T. and M. ADAMS.


VERMONT.

RANDOLPH, Vt., _May 9, A.D. 1863_.

_The Ladies of Randolph to the Loyal Ladies assembled at New York,
send Greeting:_--

Thrillingly interested in all that concerns the great cause in which
we, who love the inheritance our fathers bought for us at such a price
of life and treasure, are now all embarked, the ladies of our
Association desire, on this occasion, to manifest their _oneness_ of
_spirit_ with you for everything that may promote loyal devotion to
our country.

We who have offered up on her altars what is dearer to us than
life--our fathers, husbands, sons, and brothers--so that almost every
home has made its sacrifice, and the blood of many from among us has
already been shed, while others come back crippled for life--need
hardly tell you that we are of one heart and mind with them, and ready
to be bound and offered up too.

May the God of our fathers hear our cry, and save our beloved country
from those who would destroy all her liberties.

Very truly yours, MRS. R. PARKINSON.

In behalf of the Ladies' Aid Society.


MASSACHUSETTS.

PITTSFIELD, _May 12, 1863_.

MISS SUSAN B. ANTHONY--DEAR MADAM:--In response to the thrilling and
patriotic address of Mrs. "E. C. Stanton on behalf of the Women's
Central Committee," accompanying the "Call for a Meeting of the Loyal
Women of the Nation on the 14th inst.," I beg leave to say that my
heart is with you in the great work of crushing the rebellion.

Our strength, clearly, is not "to sit still" at a time like the
present. Although much has already been done by the women at the
North, in their subordinate sphere, for the relief and comfort of the
soldiers, yet the supineness of many of our sex has exposed us all to
rebukes.

We hear of the enthusiasm of women at the South in aid of the
Slave-holders' Rebellion, and can form some estimate of the
"fierceness of their wrath"; but, God be thanked, the days approach
when their mad passions will recoil upon themselves--the days approach
when their evil cause must die. Let us unitedly pledge ourselves to
stand by the Government, in our legitimate sphere, and _out of it_, if
needs be. Let us, with womanly zeal, help to crush the power of its
iniquitous assailants, remembering that the name of woman is in the
list with those who "subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained
promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire,
escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed
valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens."

Shall we not, in this "crisis of our country's destiny," imitate the
example of these heroic worthies, if "hereunto we are called"?

Very truly yours, MRS. SARAH R. BARNES.


WORCESTER, _April 20, 1863_.

DEAR SUSAN:--I see your call to the loyal women. Will you let me know
distinctly if you propose to commit yourselves to the idea of loyalty
to the present Government? I can not believe you do. But to me there
is something equivocal in the call, if it does not mean that. I am
sorry it is not explicit on that point.

You and I believe if the present Administration had done its duty, the
rebellion would have been put down long ago. Hence, we hold it with
its supporters responsible for the terrible waste of treasure and of
blood thus far, and for that which is to follow. It needs strong
rebuke instead of unqualified sympathy and support.

Hastily, yours as ever, ABBY KELLY FOSTER.


NATICK, _May 8, 1863_.

Every loyal woman in America has a part to perform in this great
struggle for the preservation of the nation. I trust that the coming
meeting in the city of New York will inspire the women of the loyal
States with new zeal and patriotism, and enable them to serve more
efficiently their once prosperous, but now distracted, country.

Yours respectfully, MRS. HENRY WILSON.


CONNECTICUT.

_The Loyal Women of Manchester, Ct., to the Meeting of Loyal Women in
New York, Greeting:_--Patriotism in this town is in the ascendant.
Impelled by the conduct of traitors, dupes, and cowards, the loyal
women of Manchester formed themselves into a League, in which they
resolved to be unconditionally loyal to the Government and its
institutions; to abhor treason and cowardice in every form, and under
every disguise; to encourage and sustain our brave soldiers by
constant tokens of interest; to study carefully the great principles
of civil liberty, which constitute the spirit and life of our
Republican Government; and to publicly wear as the badge of the Loyal
League the Union colors, until the day of our national triumph. We
mean by this to occupy no doubtful position, and to express ourselves
in no ambiguous words. We believe in the Union, one and inseparable,
and stick to the motto, "_E Pluribus Unum_."

We find nothing to justify the rebellion, and have no sympathy with
those who do. We long for peace, but believe in war as the only
legitimate way to reach it; therefore hail the advance of our armies,
and rejoice in every Union victory with unspeakable joy.

We believe, moreover, in the natural rights of man, and intend to
stand by our President in his Emancipation Proclamation. We regard
negro-hate and disloyalty as near akin, and feel that those who would
not employ the black man to save the country are not over-anxious to
save it themselves.

The Loyal League of Manchester numbers some five hundred members, and
we mean by all within our power to cast our influence on the side of
the Union, and its brave defenders.

In true sympathy with all who stand by the Government and repel its
enemies, in behalf of the Executive Committee and members,

MRS. S. M. DORMAN.


NEW YORK.

WATERLOO, N. Y.

I have read Mrs. Stanton's call to the loyal women of America, and can
not resist telling you how valuable such a suggestion appears. For
what is more meet, than that those upon whom fall the direst agonies
of the war should with one voice cry out, "Give us a nation for whose
preservation we may joyfully surrender our heart's dearest treasure;
but swear by the green graves of our slaughtered brethren, that this
sacrifice shall seal the doom of every trafficker in human flesh?"

SARAH HUNT.


UTICA, N. Y., _April 19, 1863_.

We write to assure you that we appreciate the address of Elizabeth
Cady Stanton, published in _The Tribune_ of the 18th. We have long
expected such a call, and regard it as the external manifestation of a
wide-spread demand among women.

MARY DEAN, and Seven other Women.


WATERLOO, _May 4, 1863_.

MY DEAR FRIEND:--I read with great pleasure the "Call for a meeting of
the Loyal Women of the nation." I think such a gathering can not fail
of great and good results. I hope you will have a correct and full
report of the proceedings for the benefit of those who can not be
present to see and hear for themselves.

Sincerely yours, PHEBE B. DEAN.


FREY CHAPEL, _May 1, 1863_.

TO SUSAN B. ANTHONY--DEAR MADAM:--In response to the call for a
meeting of the loyal women of the nation in the City of New York, on
Thursday, the 14th of May, the undersigned wish to be represented at
the ten o'clock session.

HARRIET GRAHAM, EMILY FREY, and 88 others.


NEW JERSEY.

OLD BRIDGE, MIDDLESEX COUNTY, N.



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