This quotation comes from a letter written by Julia Smith to the Smithfield Union (November 27, 1875). It is contained in one of the best primary sources available (Julia Smith, Abby Smith and Her Cows, with a Report of the Law Case Decided Contrary to Law [Hartford, CT: American Publishing Co., 1877; reprint: New York: Arno Press, 1972], p. 62, [page citations are to the reprint edition, which contains letters and articles compiled by Smith]).