Graceanna Lewis letter to Mary Townsend

Date created 1844-1850
Creator Lewis, Graceanna, 1821-1912

Mary Townsend was an author and close friend of Graceanna Lewis'. Describes a temperance meeting where Lewis heard and spoke with Elijah Pennypacker. Pennypacker discussed his ideas about individual and collective reform, his inclination to separate from the Society of Friends, and "come-outerism." Lewis also discusses an antislavery paper that she and Townsend intend to start, and she encourages Townsend to have more confidence in herself for this venture. Lewis is interested in asking Frederick Douglass to write some articles about "prejudice against color." In addition, she notes that a woman has recently arrived from Baltimore on the advice of her physician with no travelling companions but her five small children.

Size 4 pages
Type Text
Subjects Social reformers | Antislavery movements | Temperance | Society of Friends | Revelation | Women--Travel | Pennypacker, E. F. (Elijah Funk), 1804-1888 | Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895 | Lowell, Maria, 1821-1853 | Davis, Edward M., 1811-1887
Geographical location Pennsylvania
Language English
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