Rituals of Desire: Spirit, Culture, and Sexuality in the Writings of Rebecca Cox Jackson

  • Katherine Clay Bassard


According to Rebecca Cox Jackson, on New Year’s Day in 1857 Jarena Lee paid a visit to her home in Philadelphia. Lee was then seventy-three; Jackson was sixty-one.1 The purpose of the trip was to heal a rupture that had occurred between the two women at least a quarter of a century earlier. As Jackson relates in her journal entry for that date:

Sister Jarena Lee called to see me, under the influence of a very kind and friendly spirit. She spoke very lovingly, and I found that she was sincere. I was constrained to give God the glory, for when I looked back to the time and times that she was one of my most bitter persecutors, I said in my mind, “Is not this the Lord’s doing? Is it not in answer to my prayer?” While I was casting these things in my mind she was saying to me, “Dear Sister, how well thee looks! Thee looks as well as thee used to! It is the Lord’s doing! Bless his name!”2


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