In Her Own Right

Letter from Sarah Mapps Douglass to Rebecca White 1862 February 09

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Date created 1862-02-09
Creators Douglass, S. M. (Sarah Mapps), 1806-1882
Subjects Douglass, S. M. (Sarah Mapps), 1806-1882 | White, Rebecca, -1906 | Institute for Colored Youth (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Friendship | Quaker women | Women teachers | Women in medicine | Across Racial Lines
Geographical location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 39.9431781, -75.1543827
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Contributing institution Haverford College Library, Quaker & Special Collections
Transcription Phila. 2nd mo. 9 1862. My dear friend, I feel thankful that we had so nice a meeting. After you left us the woman to whom Mrs. Richardson loaned “Hearts in Physiology” took apart the skull and hunted for the place where the eyestrings/muscles where [sic] fastened. She then explained several things connected with it quite satisfactorily to me, and to the wonder of her companions. Another woman told me that she had often felt what I described as coming from over-exertion. She said after washing all [pg. 1] And starching and hanging up till eleven o’ clock she had often at that late hour taken her sewing and awakened with her head ached and her eyes watered and yet she would persevere. Now she would rest herself and be better able to work next day. I hope my lecture was simple enough to please dear Mrs. R. I believe there was only one big word in the middle and I qualified that [??] before it was fairly out. I am greatly encouraged to believe that a good work is begun. I seem to see that after a while a way will open for us [pg. 2] To visit them in their houses. Perhaps the time will come when we can go together; Thou, the “Lady Superintendent” and I (tho [sic] very unworthy) the “bible woman” My heart goes out to the people with inexpressible longings for their present & everlasting good. I feel unabated interest in my school. I have been able by economy to purchase the beautiful print “Merry’s Dreams” for my school. There it hangs looking beautifully, and inspiring my children with good pure holy thoughts; refining their taste and mending their hearts. One day I hope [pg. 3] Thou will come and hear them recite some sweet verses descriptive of it. I have always thought that good, fine, engaging, illustrating moral, religious, and historical subjects were indispensable accessories [??] to teachers and [??] in the great work of education/ But I must stop here and say Fare thee well. Affy thine, S.M. Douglass. [p. 4]