Angelina Weld was Sarah Grimké's younger sister and coworker in the abolitionist cause. Weld wrote and lectured on human rights, and was a powerful speaker. After her marriage to Theodore D. Weld, also an abolitionist, her ill health prevented her public work in the anti-slavery cause.17
Weld's Letters to Catherine Beecher was part of an ongoing discussion between Catharine Beecher (1800–1878) and Weld on the slavery issue.18 Throughout this work Weld quoted from Beecher's An Essay on Slavery and Abolitionism addressed to A.E. Grimké. Letter XII is an argument for universal human rights, independent of gender, in which Weld used Eve's relationship to Adam to argue that women and men were equal. The letter does not begin with scripture, but uses scripture as an authoritative source of evidence for Weld's argument. While Weld's Letters to Catherine Beecher were published before Grimké's Letters on the Equality of the Sexes, Weld referred to Grimké's
16 Here Grimké cites John Milton's Paradise Lost, book 12.
17 Fladeland, "Grimké," 97–99.
18 Note that Beecher's first name is misspelled in the printed edition of the letters.