….The streets were thronged with girls of various ages and sizessome twelve years old, and others forty….
The hall was filled to its utmost capacity. The ladies were such as you can imagine free, self-supporting, fearless, happy women to be. We have seen many assemblages: gatheringsassemblages of women, but have never beheld a more intelligent, earnest, "peart" set, than were in Liberty Hall last night.
The object of the meeting was the hearing the reports of the Committees who had been deputed: delegated, assigneddeputed to make a list of reasonable prices, and to solicit: encouragesolicit the girls of Lynn and the surrounding towns to join the strike movement.
There are two classes of workersthose who work in the shops and those [who] work at homethe former use the machines and materials of the bosses, while the latter work on their own machines, or work by hand, furnishing their own materials. It is evident that the latter should receive higher pay than the former, and the report not having considered this fact, was subjected to severe handling: criticismsevere handling. The discussion which followed was rich beyond descriptionthe jealousies, piques and cliques of the various circles being apparent as it proceeded. One opposed the adoption of the report because “the prices set were so high that the bosses wouldn’t pay them.” Cries of “Put her out,” "Shut up,“ "Scabby,” and “Shame!” arose on all sides, but, while the reporters were alarmed, the lady took it all in good part, and made up: mademade up faces at the crowd….
Two ladies, one representing the machine interest, and the other the shop girls, became very much excited, and were devoting themselves to an expose: public revelationexpose of each other’s habits, when the Chairman, with the perspiration starting from every pore, said in a loud and authoritative tone of voice: ”Ladies! look at me; stop this wranglin’. Do you care for your noble cause? Are you descendants of Molly Stark: Revolutionary War heroine, who nursed soldiers during smallpox epidemicMolly Stark or not? Did you ever hear of the spirit of ‘76? [yes, yes, we’ve got it.] Well, then, do behave yourselves.”
All parties proposed to adjourn: break off temporarilyadjourn to Tuesday night, when they would have speeches and be more orderly. canvassing: surveying, countingcanvassing Committees were appointed to look up female strikers and to report female “scabs.” And with a vote of thanks to the Chairman, the meeting adjourned.
New York Times, February 29, 1860