Salem, Mass. The Salem Press Co., 1908. First edition of a biographical tribute to women’s rights advocates and abolitionist siblings Mehitable and Thomas Haskell, with an emphasis on the former’s life. Frontisportrait. Slight toning and minor creasing to covers. Two small closed tears to wrappers, rubber ink stamp (“Apr 9 1908”) on covers and verso of terminal blank. Blindstamp of the New England Historic Genealogical Society on title-page and p. 25, not affecting legibility. Bookplate of the New England Historic Genealogical Society with contemporary ink inscription pasted in; at rear. A very good copy of a scarce book. Illustrated gray wrappers. Octavo. [1, title-page], [1, blank], 29 pp. Item #16092
Mehitable Haskell (d. 1878) and spiritualist Thomas Haskell (d. 1873) were members of the Peace Society and the Washingtonian temperance organization. They supported women’s suffrage, and believed that women and men should be held to the same moral standard. Mehitable traveled in order to proclaim her ideas in churches, schoolhouses, and halls, becoming known as a notable speaker in an era that predated women preachers and lecturers. She wass influenced by Lydia Maria Child and William Lloyd Garrison, was acquainted with Harriet K. Hunt, Boston’s first female physician, and was friends with Lucy Stone and Wendell Phillips, who gave the address at her funeral.
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