Again, in the sight of the Christian world, have the skill and power of two great nations exhausted themselves in mutual murder. Again have the sacred questions of international justice been committed to the fatal mediation of military weapons. In this day of progress, in this century of light, the ambition of rulers has been allowed to barter the dear interests of domestic life for the bloody exchanges of the battle-field. Thus men have done. Thus men will do. But women need no longer be made a party to proceedings which fill the globe with grief and horror. Despite the assumptions of physical force, the mother has a sacred and commanding word to say to the sons who owe their life to her suffering. That word should now be heard, and answered to as never before.
One affair which caused the most intense excitement throughout old Monmouth, and elsewhere during the war of the Revolution, was the arrest, trial and execution of a young man named Stephen Edwards, on the charge of being a spy for the British. Though reference to it is rarely met with in our histories, yet there were but few events in the county during the Revolution, that created a greater sensation than did this.
One of the officers who tried Edwards, and assisted at his execution, was Captain Joshua Ruddy, and this furnished one of the excuses the refugees gave for his inhuman murder near the Highlands some three years after. On the trial of the refugee leader, Captain Richard Lippencott, by a British Court Martial at New York, in the Summer of 1782, for his participation in the hanging of Huddy, refugee witnesses testified that even while Huddy was a prisoner in their hands, and but a few days before his death, he boldly acknowledged his participation, and justified it on the ground that he was found with treasonable papers in his possession, which conclusively proved him to be a spy.
By Rev. R.Z. Roberts
Whatever may be discussed through the columns of our great Church organ – the RECORDER – this is a question that all should consider. There are many spheres in life to which women have been admitted, in which she was expected to make a successful failure, but instead she has been a success. In school as a student or as a teacher; in the pulpit, at the bar, or issuing medicine to the sick and dying – in any of the above woman has won laurels for herself; and so far she has not failed to wield that sweet and refining influence over men. Yet it is thought that this influence would immediately be sacrificed should she go to the polls and cast her vote. Is it possible that the father, husband and brother become such savages at the polls that they would be entirely beyond the influence of mother, wife, sister or daughter? If so, voting has a low moral tendency. If in other spheres in life woman wields an untold influence, why not at the polls?
In any gathering where women are absent, there is a certain degree of monotony; and men themselves don’t exhibit the culture and refinement in the absence of women that they do when they are present. Men have no right to limit gifts or talents.
Jamaica, Feb. 5, 1790
The following are recent instances of negro generosity, notwithstanding we are too apt to consider them as mere stupid beasts of burden:
An estate under a heavy mortgage was sold from its owner, who soon after died, leaving a widow, a son, and two daughters in very distressed circumstances. The negroes (having been formerly well treated) had a meeting, and agreed to pay an annuity of half a bit a week, each, for the support of their old master’s family. Seeing the son, soon after, passing through the plantation in a ragged coat, they assembled again, and made up a purse of three pounds (equal to nine dollars) with which they bought cloth and linen to refit him. This was an extra bounty, not interfering with the stipend, which they continue to pay regularly.
Another planter was sued for a very considerable amount, in consequence of several protested bills. Judgment was obtained, and writs issued against the property, when the negroes assembled before the door with a large sum of money tied up in bags made of old stockings, and said, if that was insufficient, hey would try to borrow as much more from their friends and relations.
These instances prove, that negroes are not brutish in their nature, and by no means divested of the finer feelings.
Source: The Pennsylvania Gazette, March 17, 1790
First, speak with your neighbors. If they are already women of thought upon this subject the way is clear. If they are not, a few words will rouse their interest and show you they are not indifferent. Every woman wishes as good a chance for her daughter’s education as for her son’s. Every woman desires equal pay for equal work for herself and her daughter. Every woman desires the same laws to govern herself as govern her husband, father, brothers.
When once you have induced thought, speak of forming a society. Issue invitations for some convenient afternoon or evening. If but half a dozen, you have enough for a beginning. Hold your first meetings with women alone. Women are timid, brought up from childhood to have their opinions criticized, laughed at and treated with contempt, they will speak much more freely if no man is present.
Select an energetic, go-ahead woman as President. Have one, or two or three Vice Presidents. Elect an Executive Committee. See that its chairman is a worker. It does not matter so much in regard to the rest. Elect a Corresponding Secretary, also a Recording Secretary. Let the minutes of each meeting be read at the next one. Elect a Treasurer. Let there be a small membership fee. Money will be needed for stationery, tracts, etc.