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MARY A. LIVERMORE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/12/1887 - HFSID 287123

Writing to a leader of the local WCTU chapter, she is glad to see its President re-elected despite "unprincipled opposition." Two months later, she would reverse herself and demand the woman's resignation.

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MARY A. LIVERMORE
Writing to a leader of the local WCTU chapter, she is glad to see its President re-elected despite "unprincipled opposition." Two months later, she would reverse herself and demand the woman's resignation.
Autograph Letter signed: "Mary A. Livermore", 2 pages (front and verso), 5x8. Barton's Landing, Vermont, 1887 May 12. To "My dear Mrs [Abby] Burr". In full: "I shall not be home until late Saturday evening, and I must leave again Monday morning, early, for two or three days. So, will you please let me find a note when I get home Saturday night, informing me if [sic] the date of the annual meeting of the W. C. T. U. I need to know when it is to be held, so as to make arrangements that are pending. I am glad Mrs. Hesseltine is elected President of the Club. The opposition seems to me to be very unprincipled, and to have no cause for its hostility. The re-election will do her a good deal of good, and I think she will do more for the Club than any other woman can. Yours truly". Mary Ashton Rice Livermore (1820-1905), principally concerned with theological questions in her youth, became a staunch abolitionist after spending three years as a tutor on a slave plantation in Virginia (1839-1842). Raised with the Calvinist doctrine of pre-destination, she moved to the other end of the religious spectrum, embracing Universalism and marrying Universalist minister Daniel Livermore in 1845. During the Civil War she was an active organizer and fundraiser for the US Sanitary Commission. With slavery abolished, she turned her journalistic and lecture skills to temperance and women's suffrage. Immensely popular as a speaker, she became known as "the Queen of the American platform." She also took a keen interest in spiritualism, believing she had received messages from her dead husband. Livermore was active in politically oriented women's clubs, especially the New England Women's Club of Boston. This letter, however, refers to another group, the Melrose, Massachusetts chapter of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, of which Mrs. Abby Burr was President (with Livermore active as her advisor). Two months later, according to biographer Wendy Hamand Venet, she would write again to Burr, demanding Rebecca Hesseltine's resignation, on the grounds that she had refused to take the WCTU's pledge not to consume alcoholic beverages. The women's suffrage movement and the temperance movement were closely allied in this time period, both regarded as women's issues. Two pages front and verso. Two horizontal mailing folds. Stained from top right corner to bottom edge. Otherwise, fine condition.

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