Eighty Years and More; Reminiscences 1815-1897 eBook

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One of my letters was as follows: 

     “To the Editor of the Standard

     “Sir:  Mr. Broomall of Pennsylvania, Mr. Schenck of Ohio, Mr.
     Jenckes of Rhode Island, and Mr. Stevens of Pennsylvania, have each
     a resolution before Congress to amend the Constitution.

“Article First, Section Second, reads thus:  ’Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective numbers.’
“Mr. Broomall proposes to amend by saying, ‘male electors’; Mr. Schenck,’male citizens’; Mr. Jenckes, ‘male citizens’; Mr. Stevens, ‘male voters,’ as, in process of time, women may be made ’legal voters’ in the several States, and would then meet that requirement of the Constitution.  But those urged by the other gentlemen, neither time, effort, nor State Constitutions could enable us to meet, unless, by a liberal interpretation of the amendment, a coat of mail to be worn at the polls might be judged all-sufficient.  Mr. Jenckes and Mr. Schenck, in their bills, have the grace not to say a word about taxes, remembering, perhaps, that ’taxation without representation is tyranny.’  But Mr. Broomall, though unwilling that we should share in the honors of government, would fain secure us a place in its burdens; for, while he apportions representatives to “male electors” only, he admits “all the inhabitants” into the rights, privileges, and immunities of taxation.  Magnanimous M.C.!
“I would call the attention of the women of the nation to the fact that, under the Federal Constitution, as it now exists, there is not one word that limits the right of suffrage to any privileged class.  This attempt to turn the wheels of civilization backward, on the part of Republicans claiming to be the liberal party, should rouse every woman in the nation to a prompt exercise of the only right she has in the Government, the right of petition.  To this end a committee in New York have sent out thousands of petitions, which should be circulated in every district and sent to its representative at Washington as soon as possible.

     “Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

     “New York, January 2, 1866.”



In 1867 the proposition to extend the suffrage to women and to colored men was submitted to the people of the State of Kansas, and, among other Eastern speakers, I was invited to make a campaign through the State.  As the fall elections were pending, there was great excitement everywhere.  Suffrage for colored men was a Republican measure, which the press and politicians of that party advocated with enthusiasm.

As woman suffrage was not a party question, we hoped that all parties would favor the measure; that we might, at last, have one green spot on earth where women could enjoy full liberty as citizens of the United States.  Accordingly, in July, Miss Anthony and I started, with high hopes of a most successful trip, and, after an uneventful journey of one thousand five hundred miles, we reached the sacred soil where John Brown and his sons had helped to fight the battles that made Kansas a free State.

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