The Saturday Club and its Contribution to the Crusade


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Ballot for Charles Sumner [at the] Saturday Club: manuscript, no date.

Founded in 1855 the Saturday Club provided a space for men of influence to discuss important issues of the day. Club membership was not only a status symbol, but it opened doors to Boston's preeminent intellectuals. With this ballot, founding member Ralph Waldo Emerson recommends his friend Charles Sumner for membership. Sumner collaborated with several other members, including Emerson, in their efforts to abolish slavery.

bMS Lowell Autograph File – Bequest of Amy Lowell, 1925.