American orator and pioneer abolitionist Wendell Phillips, president of the Anti-Slavery Society, delivered his popular lecture on "Street Life in Europe" under the auspices of the Philalethean Society. On December 10, 1867, Matthew Vassar wrote to Sarah Stilson '69, a student whose poem "Hill-Top Idyl" had pleased him at the original Founder's Day and who was absent from the college for the term, "We have lately had several distinguishd Lecturers at our College among them Revd Newman Hall of England, Wendell Phillips, Vincent & others."     Elizabeth Hazelton Haight, ed., Autobiography and Letters of Matthew Vassar