you, be justified in keeping her name off the list of voters:
Men say, “Why do you, come here?
What good are you going to do,? You do nothing but talk.”
Oh, yes, we have done a good deal beside talk!
But suppose we had done nothing but talk?
I saw a poor man the other day, and said he (speaking of a certain period in his life), “I felt very friendless and alone,--I had only God with me;” and he seemed to think that was not much.
And so thirty millions of thinking, reading people are constantly throwing it in the teeth of reformers that they rely upon talk
! What is talk?
Why, it is the representative of brains.
And what is the characteristic glory of the nineteenth century?
That it is ruled by brains, and not by muscle; that rifles are gone by, and ideas have come in; and,. of course, in such an era, talk is the fountain-head of all things.
But we have done a great deal.
In the first place, you will meet dozens of men who say, “Oh, woman's right to property, the right of the wife to her own earnings, we grant that; we always thought that; we have had that idea for a dozen years.”
I met: a man the other day in the cars, and we read the statute of your New York Legislature. “Why,” said he; “that is nothing; I have assented to that for these fifteen years.”
All I could say to that was this,--“This agitation has either given you the idea, or it has given you the courage to utter it for nobody ever heard it from you until today.”
These new-comers On our platform — very welcome they are!--must come under one guise or the other.
This agitation, of which Mrs. Rose
has sketched the history, has either given them their principles, or given them their lips.
It has given them the thoughts, or the courage to utter the thoughts; and in either sense, it is a useful method, it is a beneficial result.