The Worcester Convention.
We regret that the proceedings did not arrive in time for us to give them entire. The able address of the President, Mrs. Davis, is postponed, and also the last day's reports. As will be seen we copy from the New-York Tribune, and Mr. Greeley's general candor leads us to suppose this is as correct a report as will be likely to appear. This is a matter of some moment, as we learn some of the press employed reporters to report and caricature the proceedings. This bit of spleen is too silly to excite anger; and we could not help smiling at the following extract of a telegraphic report sent to our city. We cut it from the Commercial Journal.
"Miss Elizabeth Wilson, of Ohio, put in a protest against the despotism of man, especially that despotism which makes the female sex inferior in point of intellect, when it is no such thing. She thought that Jenny Lind, in consenting to sing for the pleasure of these male tyrants, was violating every principle of female delicacy and propriety!
Speeches and resolutions of a similar character were made and passed, and at 10 1/2 o'clock the convention adjourned to the following day.
This Miss Wilson is a married woman past the meredian of life, and of most matronly appearance--a woman who has shown herself a match in logic for some of our able Bible commentators--the author of "A Scriptural View of Woman's Rights and Duties." What a pretty Miss she must have appeared to our sage reporter! The report that speeches and resolutions were made or passed condeming Jenny Lind, is evidently a falsehood cut out of the whole cloth--the manufacture of some ninny who mistakes lying for wit.
We rejoice that Lucretia Mott was there. She is a woman, take her for all and all who has not her equal as a woman in this country. A wife, a mother and a grandmother--a lady who moves in the first circles of the aristocratic city of brotherly love. She has ever been a pattern of the domestic virtues--her children have arisen to call her blessed, and her husband also he doth praise her, as well as the poor and needy, the trodden and oppressed to whom she has ever been an active and steadfast friend. It speaks well for the respect which gentlemen editors feel for women, and the domestic virtues of women, when they permit a squirt of a telegraphic reporter to bedabble with small wit and large impudence--to interlard with falsehoods and misrepresentations, the reports of any meeting dignified by the presence and active participation of such women. We beg pardon of our polite Eastern readers for our want of elegance, but we are a western woman and like western definitions and classifications. It was a western lawyer who proved his client's claim to respectability and a title, by showing there are four classes of Esquires, viz: Squires, Esquires, Squires and squirts, and "Sir," said (next line is unreadable).......squirt." So the reporter, for the Pittsburgh press is a titled gentleman- belongs to the fourth division of the Esquire family, and is entitled to the privileges of the order. The right to lie, and to be impertinent to their superiors is probably the most valued of these immunities, and we have no wish to deprive these gentry of their patrimony.
At the time of writing we have only seen the first day's proceedings. These are all we could have wished except the introduction of the color question. The convention was not called to discuss the rights of color; and we think it was altogether irrelevent and unwise to introduce the question. We dislike very much the omnibus plan of action, and like Col. Benton we would contend in the last possible moment against any bundle of measures, even though we were in favor of every one taken separately and singly. In a woman's right's convention the question of color had no right to a hearing. One thing at a time! Always do one thing at a time, and you will get along much faster than by attempting to do a dozen. The question of the rights of colored men is already before the people. Let it work out its own salvation in its own strength. Many a man is in favor of emancipating every Southern slave, and granting the rights of citizenship to every free negro, who is by no means agreed that his wife or mother should stand on a political equality with himself. Many a man believes his wife and mother to be inferior to his boot-black, and many a woman ranks herself in the same scale. Then there are many of both sexes who are, or would be, anxious for the elevation of woman as such, who nevertheless hate "the niggers" most sovereignly. Why mingle the two questions? For our part we would say no resolution should have been passed at that convention that would not have been as acceptable to the citizens of Georgia as to those of Massachusetts.
We are pretty nearly out of patience with the dogged perseverance with which so many of our reformers persist in their attempts to do every thing at once. They remind us of the little fellow who bought a bunch of carrots to feet his pet rabbit. When he took them to the cage he found the bunch would not go through the aperture, but he pushed and struggled and crushed and thrust, then cried out in vexation, "I cannot get the carrots into the cage, father!"
"Of course not all at once, my son! Untie the string and put in one at a time!"
"But I want to put them all in, father!"
"Well, so you can if you do as I bid you!"
Sammy sat and studied a moment! It was very clear that one carrot could pass the barrier, and that in time all might go through, but that was not his plan; so he continued:
"But while I put in one, the rest will be left out!"
"Very true; but if you do not put in one, all will be left out!"
"But I want them all in!" says Sammy, making a rather desperate thrust, "and none of 'em's got any right to be foremost!"
So Mr. Clay was determined to thrust a bundle of bills through Congress and for months he resisted, with desperation, every effort to untie the string--he wanted 'em all in, and none of 'em had any right to be foremost; and now the Worcester Convention is walking in the footsteps of this illustrious example. They, too, have made up a bundle, and we would advise them with all possible speed to untie the string. The subject of woman's admission to the rights of citizenship is of sufficient importance to claim consideration as a separate measure. "One at a time! One at a time! One at a time!" called Billy Smith when he was Court-crier, and bidden to "call John Brown and Mary Brown" into court, and to call one at a time. We always liked Billy's plan of obeying orders, and very often follow his example, and call for one at a time. Then let us have the one that's called for. This convention was called to discuss Woman's rights, and if it had paid right good attention to its own business, it would have had work plenty.