"How Lucy Stone Looks,"Harper's Weekly Magazine, March 10, 1860

 

P. 151: The New York (lady) correspondent of the Springfield Republican writes as follows of Lucy Stone's appearance last week at the Cooper Institute:

"It is extremely difficult to make the Lucy Stone on Thursday evening identical with the Lucy Stone of four years ago. The bright cheeks were there, the girlish figure, the musical voice; but the old assurance, the perfect self-poise, the rapid, confident, slightly saucy utterances were all wanting. She did not seem less earnest, but less assured. She told her old story of women's legal disability and wrongs, but not in the old demanding and decant tones. The mother's heart had dissolved the woman's voice, and what was once pertness is now pathos; what it has lost in vigor it has gained in tenderness. Those who listened to Lucy Stone Blackwell, and to her sister-in-law, Antoinette Brown Blackwell, before their marriage, can not fail to observe the great change which has come over the public manner of the ladies since the event. Although they still adhere to their pet idea of an oratorical mission, and occasionally leave their homes and their babies to talk on a public platform, they do so in a much more subdued and womanly way than of old. The brothers Blackwell married these ladies with a full knowledge of their strong-minded tendencies. Was it in order to undertake th fascinating task of 'taming' them, as did the husband of Shakespeare's 'Shrew'? Antoinette Blackwell has a noble nature, and so burdened is it with the sorrows of humanity and a sense of its own high mission, that her voice seems broken, and her words come low and slow. While on Thursday evening here stood 'Lucy,' talking, to be sure, yet blushing and trembling as she never did in that little ridiculous, impertinent Bloomer that she used to wear."