Boston: Jan 2, 1892. Canceled check drawn on the North National Bank by Henry R. Blackwell drawn to the order of "Mrs. Lucy Stone" and endorsed by her at reverse in black ink Lucy Stone. Size: 2-7/8" x 7-7/8", white paper printed in dark blue. Two punch holes, else fine.
Lucy Stone (1818-1893) feminist, abolitionist and suffragist, had as a young woman decided against marriage; she would " 'call no man my master' " [NAW]. Henry Blackwell, seven years her junior, set out to persuade her that marriage need not be a constraint but a partnership. After marriage, Lucy chose to keep her maiden name, prefixing it with a "Mrs." to denote her marital status and thus added the phrase "Lucy Stoner" to the language to mean a married woman retaining her given name. Henry Blackwell kept faith with his wife; throughout her life he worked to enable her to pursue the cause of women's rights. His financial and moral support made her long-time editorship of the WOMEN'S JOURNAL possible. Written at the end of her life, the check documents the respect and integrity between these two remarkable people who so profoundly directly and indirectly effected the women's rights movement. NAW III, pp. 387 - 390. Item #5683