Rochester NY June 17
Mrs. E. C. Stanton
Dear Friend, We are in Council about the Anti-Slavery picnic for July 4. We decide it will be an addition to the value and interest of the occasion for you to speak. You can easily be heard out of doors, for a half hour or so, at least - as the crowd will not be vast.
Therefore, we have put your name on the handbills, doubting not you will be ready and willing to help, on an occasion which partly at least, grew out of your suggestion at first.
Should you shrink from the post Miss Anthony has just been telling how, in Albany, you induced your friend Gerritt Smith to make an excellent speech in an Anti Slavery meeting by urgent solicitations, which he even called "scolding".
It would not be pleasant to try the same process with you, it will be needless probably;- but we are prepared for such an emergency.
Trusting you will be with us, and be heard, we remain
Yours friends truly -
G. B. Stebbins
Catharine A. F. Stebbins
Susan B. Anthony