and prompted articles for the Standard
wrote to him on July 16, 1849: “I wish you would give me some more topics for editorials.
I have used up all you have given me. This week I treat of the Southern
I should like suggestions which might be worked up into short articles as well as long ones.”
This relation between the two friends lasted to the very end of the anti-slavery controversy.
, further, gave practical effect to his ancient pledge to “go for the Rights of Woman to their utmost extent,” Ante, 2.204.
by signing and circulating in Massachusetts
earliest petitions for woman suffrage—a movement now fairly organized by the women themselves.2
‘The denial of the elective franchise to women in this Commonwealth, on account of their sex, is,’ he affirmed, “an act of folly, injustice, usurpation, and tyranny, which ought no longer to be persisted in.”
He was on the list of Bronson Alcott
's “select company of gentlemen, esteemed as deserving of better acquaintance, and disposed for closer fellowship of Thought and Endeavor,” Printed circular.
invited to meet at 12 West Street, Boston
, on March 20, 1849, ‘to discuss the Advantages of organizing a Club or College for the study and diffusion of the Ideas and Tendencies proper to the Nineteenth Century; and to concert measures, if deemed desirable, for promoting the ends of good fellowship.’3
He would have attended the adjourned Anti-Sabbath Convention on April 4, having led the call, but for a grievous4
domestic affliction in which superstition might easily see the hand of Providence
At the end of March, 1849, he removed his family from Pine Street to 65 Suffolk Street (afterwards Shawmut Avenue), and in the course of this change of abode at a dangerous season the boy, Charles Follen
, fell sick and