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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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animated, yet serious countenance, admonished his
hearers to keep the will and the mind in a state
of integrity and purity. From this pure light, he
said, light went forth through the whole life,
directing all its actions. The discourse was good,
animated, clear, true. But I thought of the words,
“Man must be regenerated by water and the
Spirit.” Here was the water, but—nothing more.
It was the human purification. The Spirit of
heaven, love, the inspiration of life, had nothing
to do with it. After this preacher sat down, and
all had been silent for a time, there arose from
her seat a short, handsome lady, with fine features
and beautiful, clear eyes. It was Lucretia Mott.
With a low but very sweet voice and an eloquence
of expression which made me not lose a single
word, she spoke for certainly an hour, without
interruption, without repetition, and in a manner
which made one wish her to continue, so lucid and
powerful was her delineation of the principles of
non-conformity (the Quaker principles), so logical
and excellent was the application of these to
the practical questions of life, now so much
contested, and these the speaker represented as being
peace, slavery, and the rights of women. I listened
with the greatest pleasure to this excellent
discourse, which was permeated by the inner life of
the speaker as by a strong though somewhat

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