Words From Women, March 14

“I stood a monument of amazing mercy, praising God with every breath, all nature praising instead of mourning as it did a few moments before. O, how changed the scene! The birds now sent forth their notes of praise! The leaves of the forest clapped their hands for joy, and the branches waived with praise! Every head of wheat was now bowed in sweet submission!”

Laura Haviland, Quaker minister and abolitionist, on what her parents called the “mere religious excitement” of Methodist prayer and revival meetings, quoted in Mothers of Feminism, Margaret Hope Bacon.

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