which roused deep indignation throughout the country.
On May 20 the Journal records “a wonderful meeting at Chickering Hall, called by the colored women of Boston
, to protest against the lynching of negroes in the South
Mrs. Butler M. Wilson
presided, an octoroon and a woman of education.
Her opening address was excellent in spirit and in execution.
A daughter of Mrs. Ruffin
also wrote an excellent address: Mrs. Cheney
's was very earnest and impressive.
Alice Freeman Palmer
spoke as I have never before heard her. My rather brief speech was much applauded, as were indeed all of the others.
Mrs. Richard Hallowell
was on the platform and introduced Mrs. Wilson
this brief speech brought upon her a shower of letters, mostly anonymous, from persons who saw only the anti-negro side of this matter, so dreadful in every aspect.
These letters were often denunciatory, sometimes furious in tone, especially one addressed to
Mrs. Howe, Negro Sympathizer, Boston.
this grieved her, but she did not cease to lift up her voice against the evil thing whenever occasion offered.
.... my son and his wife came over from Bristol
to pass the day. He looks as young as my grandsons do. At fifty, his hair is blond, without gray, and his forehead unwrinkled.”
.... while in church I had a new thought of the energy and influence of Christ
‘ask and ye shall receive,’ etc. These little series of commands ”