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"No union with slaveholders," rung
out the lips and lungs of the Abolitionists, in tones that shook
the land from Maine to Mexico! "Fremont and Jessie" harnessed by
constitutional compromise to the Juggernaut car of slavery, were
not to be preferred by them to Beelzebub Buchanan himself. "No
union with slave-holders," though Gabriel were candidate and
chief captain of their hosts!

Now what do we behold? Wendell Phillips has shivered the English
language all to pieces in attempts to describe the baseness and
utter worthlessness of the Republican party. The president has
sold "the poisonous porridge called his soul," to Virginia rebels
and New York and Pennsylvania aristocrats and bondholders, and
yet Mr. Phillips persists in demanding that woman lay her own
right of suffrage at the presidential and Republican party feet,
while they so mould and manipulate the black male element, as by
it, if possible, to save themselves from utter rout and
destruction. Thanks be to God, some of us learned the old
anti-slavery lesson from Wendell Phillips better. And we dare
take our appeal from the Wendell Phillips of to-day, to him of
twenty years ago. And we do "dare to look our past history in the
face." And moreover, we look with triumph, and with hearts
swelling with fervent gratitude that our anti-slavery teachers
schooled us so well. What is it but ludicrous (if mirth be
possible on such a question) for those who are thus seeking the
enfranchisement of but half of even the fragmentary colored race,
to charge with selfishness, compromise, and treachery, the
association, or any of its members, that are earnestly laboring
to extend the ballot to every American citizen, irrespective of
all distinctions of race, complexion or sex? Can such accusers
look each other in the face and not laugh? Cato wondered that
two augurs could meet with gravity. What would he do here? And
still more preposterous, if not ludicrous, is it, when woman
voluntarily stops and becomes the agent of her own degradation,
and with her own hands builds barriers against her own
advancement; piling up opposition, Pelion upon Ossa, when the
majority against her, even in New York and New England, is
already appalling? And then for us to be referred to the
teachings and experiences of the past for lessons in compromise,
cold, calculating compromise, such as Abolitionists ever blasted
with the breath of their nostrils, and scourged from their
presence with fiery indignation! The Equal Rights Association is
not to be turned aside by any seductive devices from its high and
holy purpose of enfranchisement for all American citizens,
KNOWING NO RACE, NO COLOR, NO SEX.

P. P.


OCT. 7, 1869.

DEAR REVOLUTION:--Pardon a few plain words from an earnest friend
of human suffrage.

Your course opposing the Fifteenth Amendment and Political
(combined with moral) Temperance action, seems to me absolutely
suicidal, and must and will logically leave you to the tender
mercies of negro-drivers or haters and rumsellers and their
sympathizers. How much human suffrage can hope for at their
hands, judge ye!

J. K. PHOENIX.

P. S.--To say I am utterly astonished and grieved at _The
Revolution_ therein but feebly expresses my feelings. But we
shall see what you will effect by it.


_The Revolution_ criticises, "opposes," the fifteenth amendment,
not for what it is, but for what it is not. Not because it
enfranchises black men, but because it does not enfranchise all
women, black and white. It is not the little good it proposes,
but the greater evil it perpetuates that we deprecate. It is not
that in the abstract we do not rejoice that black men are to
become the equals of white men, but that we deplore the fact that
two millions black women, hitherto the political and social
equals of the men by their side, are to become subjects, slaves
of these men. Our protest is not that all men are lifted out of
the degradation of disfranchisement, but that all women are left
in. _The Revolution_ and the National Woman's Suffrage
Association make woman's suffrage their test of loyalty, not
negro suffrage, not Maine law or prohibition. Do you believe
women should vote? is the one and only question in our catechism.

In this period of reconstruction the Woman Suffrage Associations sent
their first delegates to National political conventions. The
appointment of Susan B. Anthony to the Democratic Presidential
Convention was a new and unlooked-for sensation.

_The Revolution_, NEW YORK, July 9, 1868.

SUSAN B. ANTHONY IN TAMMANY HALL.--Our readers will remember,
some time ago, it was announced in all the daily journals that
Susan B. Anthony was appointed a delegate to the Democratic
Convention, to represent the woman's suffrage movement in this
country. She accordingly applied by letter for a hearing in the
Convention. Her letter was presented to the Convention by the
President, ex-Governor Horatio Seymour, read by the clerk in a
loud, clear voice, received a most respectful and enthusiastic
hearing, and was referred to the Committee on Resolutions.

As our readers would, no doubt, like to know what radical
doctrines the Democratic party are now sufficiently developed to
applaud, we give the letter below. Let no one say that our
devotion to the education of this party for the last four years
has been in vain:

WOMAN'S SUFFRAGE ASSOCIATION, 37 PARK ROW,}
ROOM 20, NEW YORK, July 4, 1868. }

ELIZABETH CADY STANTON, MRS. HORACE GREELEY,} _Central Com._
SUSAN B. ANTHONY, ABBY HOPPER GIBBONS, }

_To the President and Members of the National Democratic
Convention_:

GENTLEMEN:--I address you by letter to ask the privilege of
appearing before you during the sittings of this Convention, to
demand the enfranchisement of the women of America, the only
class of citizens wholly unrepresented in the Government, the
only class (not guilty of crime) taxed without representation,
tried without a jury of their peers, governed without their
consent. And yet in this class are found many of your most noble,
virtuous, law-abiding citizens, who possess all the requisite
qualifications of voters. Women have property and education. We
are not "idiots, lunatics, paupers, criminals, rebels," nor do we
"bet on elections." We lack, according to your constitutions, but
one qualification--that of sex--which is insurmountable, and,
therefore, equivalent to a deprivation of the suffrage; in other
words, the "tyranny of taxation without representation."

We desire to lay before you this violation of the great
fundamental principle of our Government for your serious
consideration, knowing that minorities can be moved by principles
as majorities are only by votes. Hence we look to you for the
initiative step in the redress of our grievances.

The party in power have not only failed to heed our innumerable
petitions, asking the right of suffrage, poured into Congress and
State Legislatures, but they have submitted a proposition to the
several States to insert the word "male" in the Federal
Constitution, where it has never been, and thereby put up a new
barrier against the enfranchisement of woman. This fresh insult
to the women of the Republic, who so bravely shared the dangers
and sacrifices of the late war, has roused us to more earnest and
persistent efforts to secure those rights, privileges, and
immunities that belong to every citizen under Government. As you
hold the Constitution of the fathers to be a sacred legacy to us
and our children forever, we ask you to save it from this
desecration, which deprives one-half our citizens of the right of
representation in the Government. Over this base proposition the
nation has stood silent and indifferent. While the dominant party
has with one hand lifted up two million black men and crowned
them with the honor and dignity of citizenship, with the other it
has dethroned fifteen million white women--their own mothers and
sisters, their own wives and daughters--and cast them under the
heel of the lowest orders of manhood.

We appeal to you, not only because you, being in a minority, are
in a position to consider principles, but because you have been
the party heretofore to extend the suffrage. It was the
Democratic party that fought most valiantly for the removal of
the "property qualification" from all white men, and thereby
placed the poorest ditch-digger on a political level with the
proudest millionaire. This one act of justice to workingmen has
perpetuated your power, with but few interruptions, from that
time until the war. And now you have an opportunity to confer a
similar boon on the women of the country, and thus possess
yourselves of a new talisman that will insure and perpetuate your
political power for decades to come.

While the first and highest motive we would urge on you, is the
recognition in all your action of the great principles of justice
and equality that are the foundation of a republican government,
it is not unworthy to remind you that the party that takes this
onward step will reap its just reward. It needs but little
observation to see that the tide of progress in all countries is
setting toward the enfranchisement of woman, and that this
advance step in civilization is destined to be taken in our day.

We conjure you, then, to turn from the dead questions of the past
to the vital issues of the hour.



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