July 21, 1865
Writing from Wayland, Child assures readers that people in the little town are “not so far behind the world’s ways as you may think”. She tells of a recent event on the 4th of July, when returning soldiers were greeted by an appropriate gathering. She also encourages suffrage: “I am surprised as well as pleased to find how; many minds see the necessity of negro suffrage; for I am more and more strongly impressed with the idea that it is the only way to save the Republic…”
A meeting was held at Mr. Grime’s Church, Southac Street, at which colored citizens advocate for negro suffrage.