Newspaper reports of the Worcester convention ranged from sympathetic to scornful.
From Massachusetts Spy, October 30, 1850:
Very able speeches were made by several members of the convention, the first of which was read by Abby Price of Hopedale, in this county, and another, extemporaneous, by Mrs. Rose of New York, who we learn, was by birth a Polish Jewess. Both were decidedly good speeches, and no one could listen to them without respect for the talents of the speakers, whatever they might think of the merits of the cause. The latter [the Rose speech] was a strong, compact, and lucid argument delivered in a manner that few practised public speakers can equal. At dusk the convention adjourned till evening.
During the afternoon the Hall was densely crowded, and numbers went away for want of accommodation. . . .
This body continued its sessions at Brinley Hall Thursday, through the day and evening. The Hall was crowded, even in the morning session, and great interest was manifested in the proceedings throughout. We have known no convention or other public meeting held in this city, where all the exercises were conducted with more decorum or in better spirit, or where the whole of the speaking has been more uniformly able and unobjectionable. We confess ourselves agreeably disappointed in this respect, for we had not looked for such a display of forensic talent as we witnessed in the female speakers especially. We presume that some of the addresses will be published, and we regret that there was not a good phonographic reporter present, for some of the speeches which were the most effect, because entirely impromptus, and called forth by the incidents of the moment, were well worthy of being reported, and no abridged sketch can do justice to them.
From New York Herald, October 28, 1850:
That motley gathering of fanatical mongrels, of old grannies, male and female, of fugitive slaves and fugitive lunatics, called the Woman's Rights Convention, after two day's discussion of the most horrible trash, has put forth its platform and adjourned. The sentiments and doctrines avowed, and the social revolution projected, involve all the most monstrous and disgusting principles of socialism, abolition, amalgamation, and infidelity. The full consummation of their diabolical projects would reduce society to the most beastly and promiscuous confusion — the most disgusting barbarism that could be devised; and the most revolting familiarities of equality and licentiousness between whites and blacks, of both sexes, that lunatics and demons could invent. Doctrines like these contemplating the overthrow of society, law, religion, and decency, might occasion some alarm, but for the notoriously vagabond character of the leaders in the movement; and the fanatical and crazy mongrels, in breeches and petticoats, who make up the rank and file. . . . There is not a lunatic asylum in the country, wherein, if the inmates were called together in sit in convention, they would not exhibit more sense, reason, decency and delicacy, and less of lunacy, blasphemy, and horrible sentiments, than this hybrid, mongrel, pie-bald, crack-brained, pitiful, disgusting and ridiculous assemblage. And there we drop them, and may God have mercy on their miserable souls. Amen.