Letter from Julia Howe to Anne Brewster, Jan 29, 1871

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Letter from Julia Howe to Anne Brewster, Jan 29, 1871


Brewster, Anne Hampton, 1818-1892
Political Affairs
Gender Norms


Julia Ward Howe asks Anne Brewster for help regarding her planned "general congress of women [...] to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace".


Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910


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[2]: Dear Madam,  I hope that  what  friends and the public know  of you will justify being appealing to you, without  +++ in behalf of a project which I  have warmly at heart, and in  which I write to +++ thought  put women in behalf of other their +++  her printed appeal +++ enclosed will explain  to you the beginning of any undertaking. It was written in


the +++ but +++ +++ that women, as the mothers, &  sisters of men had an unmistakeable +++, right &  duty of interference in behalf of  the worlds purificiation, and of  protesting against the barbarism  of +++. My appeal was  +++ +++ to by sure of the best  people in one community. It has 
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public writing, adressed by men  & women, +++ which a high tone  of feeling & of +++ has prevailed  +++ provided over  one of these writings. David  Dudley Field addressed one of  them. I will send you a  the  +++ pamphlet containing   if this last meeting. but objective, in military parlance is 

[3]: a congress, or congresses of men & women but  +++ by +++ to be held probably in London,  this very Morning, which +++ +++ of +++ war are yet +++. In hope of getting this congress, I write one or more letters to England  or the continent every day, laying aside all +++ my work recreaton, & devoting myself to this as a lady of fashion devoting herself to the giving of a  grand party can I +++ a stronger compassion +++ this hospitality is not mine, but that of the dear Christ who said: "Peace I leave with you", and +++ +++, if truly followed, would enable us 

[4]: to enjoy his legacy I have written at some length to Mrs. Gov. +++ in this subject. Can you see  +++ I +++ with +++ +++ you would feel   moved to help me? A committee +++ in Italy with +++ +++ if cooperating with the London con
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to it would be of great +++. I have also written to +++ on this subject. My hand & head get +++ taking up workday  after day, but my heart never perils & never tires. I have not written to my dear sister, Mrs +++ about this because she is so engaged in  her friendly & family duties that I fear she 

[5]: would not find a moment for me. I do not want my  congress to be a +++, windy occasion, full only of rhetorical.  I want an earnest reunion of women, who should  meet to plan & devise means for a new guardianship  of +++. You know of +++ the importance & and difficulty of reflection in these matters. but does not want  two turbulent & ambitions people, but the thoughtful  & sincere. Trusting my cause +++ poorly & briefly in your hands, let me hope that something in your heart may be more eloquent for it +++ my tired brain will allow me to be. I remain, dear Miss Brewster, yours with great respect 
Julia Ward Howe. 


Arise, then, Christian women of this day !  Arise, all women who have hearts whether your baptism be that of waters or of tears ! Say firmly : We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for carresses and applause.  Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy, and patience.  We, women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country, to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.
In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women, without limit of nationality, may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient, and at the earliest period consisten with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace

Boston, September, 1870


Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910


Brewster, Anne Hampton, 1818-1892

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