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Julian in the House of Representatives, and to the Hon.
Henry Wilson and the Hon. S. C. Pomeroy In the Senate of the United
States, for their recent active efforts to secure suffrage for woman.

_Resolved_, That we recommend the men and women of every Ward, Town,
County, and State, to form local Associations for creating and
organizing public sentiment in favor of Suffrage for Woman, and to
take every possible practical means to effect her enfranchisement.

[121] 1st. That we form a League of all women claiming their rights,
both in America and Europe.

2d. The aim of this League, which shall be called the "Universal
League for Woman's Rights and Universal Peace," is to extinguish
prejudice between nations, to create a common interest through the
influence of woman, in order to substitute the reign of humanity for
the divisions and hatred and causes of war, and to give aid to the
women of all nations in securing their rights.

3d. That in every country Emancipation Societies shall be organized,
that a National Union may be formed which shall be in constant
communication with other countries by means of journals, pamphlets,
and books.

4th. That every year a General Assembly of delegates from every
country shall meet in one of the capitals by turn. These capitals
might for the present be Washington, Paris, London, Florence, and one
of the central cities of Germany.

5th. That at the stated meetings of the League there shall be an
exhibition of works of art by women.

6th. That, in traveling, women should everywhere find friendship and
aid in pursuing the end which they propose. Women, being sisters and
daughters in the ranks of humanity, must feel themselves at home with
their sisters of all nations. Among us there can be no foreigners,
since we are not citizens.

[122] E. S. Bunker, Mrs. E. R. Tilton, Mrs. A. Field, Rev. J. W.
Chadwick, J. J. Merritt and Mrs. E. A. Studwell.

[123] The Woman's Bureau was located at No. 49 East Twenty-third
Street, owned by Mrs. Elizabeth B. Phelps. Handsomely furnished
apartments were rented to the proprietor of _The Revolution_, where
much of the editorial work of that paper was done. Meetings were held
in the spacious parlors every week, where Mrs. Phelps also gave many
pleasant receptions, breakfasts, luncheons, and dinners. It was a kind
of ladies' exchange, where reformers were sure to meet each other.
These pleasant rooms in a fashionable part of the city gave a fresh
impetus to our cause, and the regular meetings, seemingly so novel and
_recherché_, called out several new speakers. This was the school
where Lilie Devereux Blake, Dr. Clemence Lozier, Isabella Beecher
Hooker, and others made their first attempts at oratory.

[124] In _The Revolution_ of May 20th we find the following:

NATIONAL WOMAN'S SUFFRAGE ASSOCIATION.--This organization was formed
at the reunion held at the Woman's Bureau at the close of the
Convention in New York. Delegates from nineteen States, including
California and Washington Territory, were present on the occasion, and
all felt the importance of an organization distinctively for Woman's
Suffrage, in view of the fact that a Sixteenth Amendment to the
Federal Constitution to secure this is now before the people. The
Association has held several meetings to plan the work for the coming
year. Committees are in correspondence with friends in the several
States to complete the list of officers.

_President._--Elizabeth Cady Stanton. _Vice-Presidents._--Elizabeth B.
Phelps, New York; Anna E. Dickinson, Pennsylvania; Mrs. Kate N.
Doggett, Illinois; Madam Anneke, Wisconsin; Mrs. Lucy Elmes,
Connecticut; Mrs. Senator Henderson, Missouri; Mattie Griffith Brown,
Massachusetts; Mrs. Nicholas Smith, Kansas; Lucy A. Snow, Maine;
Elizabeth B. Schenck, California; Josephine S. Griffing, D.C.; Paulina
W. Davis, Rhode Island; Miss Phoebe W. Couzins, Missouri.
_Corresponding Secretaries._--Mrs. Laura Curtis Bullard, Ida Greeley,
Adelaide Hallock. _Recording Secretaries._--Abby Burton Crosby, Sarah
E. Fuller. _Treasurer._--Elizabeth Smith Miller. _Executive
Committee._--Ernestine L. Rose, Charlotte B. Wilbour, Mathilde F.
Wendt, Mary F. Gilbert, Susan B. Anthony. _Advisory Counsel._--Matilda
Joslyn Gage, New York; Mrs. Francis Minor, Missouri; Adeline Thompson,
Pennsylvania; Mrs. M. B. Longley, Ohio; Mrs. Dr. J. P. Root, Kansas;
Lilie Peckham, Wisconsin.

_Constitution_--Article 1. This organization shall be called the
National Woman Suffrage Association.

Article 2. Its object shall be to secure the Ballot to the women of
the nation on equal terms with men.

Article 3. Any citizen of the United States favoring this object,
shall, by the payment of the sum of one dollar annually into the
treasury, be considered a member of the Association, and no other
shall be entitled to vote in its deliberations.

Article 4. The officers of the Association shall be a President, a
Vice-President from each of the States and Territories, Corresponding
and Recording Secretaries, Treasurer, an Executive Committee of not
less than five nor more than nine members, located in New York City,
and an Advisory Counsel of one person from each State and Territory,
who shall be members of the National Executive Committee. The officers
shall be chosen at each annual meeting of the Association.

Article 5. Any Woman's Suffrage Association may become auxiliary to
the National Association by its officers becoming members of the
Parent Association and sending an annual contribution of not less than
twenty-five dollars.

PETITION FOR WOMEN SUFFRAGE.--The following Petition was adopted by
the National Woman Suffrage Association at their meeting held at the
Woman's Bureau, June 1, 1869:

_To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States_:

The undersigned men and women of the United States ask for the prompt
passage by your Honorable Bodies of a Sixteenth Amendment to the
Constitution, to be submitted to the Legislatures of the several
States for ratification, which shall secure to all citizens the right
of suffrage without distinction of sex.

_The Revolution_ of May 27, 1869, said: "NATIONAL WOMAN SUFFRAGE
ASSOCIATION.--It is with great pleasure that we announce that Anna E.
Dickinson will deliver the inaugural address of the new National Woman
Suffrage movement at the Cooper Institute to-morrow (Friday) evening
at eight o'clock, also that Miss Dickinson consents to represent
Pennsylvania in that Association as its Vice-President. The title of
Anna Dickinson's lecture is "Nothing Unreasonable."

CHICAGO, Illinois.

_Dear Miss Anthony_: As to the new Society, God bless and speed it.
Write me down for anything in which I can serve it. I feel like "a new
hand," but I am not so dull but I can learn. Please put my name on
your list of members, and also on your list of subscribers.

With entire sympathy, KATE N. DOGGETT.


MANHATTAN, Kansas, _June 3, 1869_.

I shall be indeed proud to represent Kansas in the new National Woman
Suffrage Association, whose formation meets my hearty approval.
Definiteness of purpose is always conducive to success, and I think it
would be well now to concentrate all our efforts upon the one idea of
"Suffrage for Women." You may rely upon me to do whatever lies within
my power and ability to further the cause.

Yours truly, MARY A. HUMPHREY.


[125] NATIONAL WOMAN SUFFRAGE CONVENTION AT NEWPORT, R.I.--A Woman
Suffrage Convention will be held in the Academy of Music at Newport,
R.I., on Wednesday and Thursday the 25th and 26th days of August next.
The success attending the recent gathering at Saratoga warrants the
most sanguine hopes and expectations from this also. The intense
interest now everywhere felt on the great question renders all appeal
for a full attendance unnecessary. Among the speakers will be
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mrs. Paulina Wright Davis, Mrs. Celia
Burleigh, Rev. Phebe A. Hanaford, Mrs. Wilbour, and Miss Susan B.
Anthony. The Misses Alice and Phoebe Cary, Mrs. Isabella Beecher
Hooker, Mrs. E. H. Bullard, and many other of the most eminent women
of the country will be in attendance. Names of other speakers will be
announced hereafter.

In behalf of the National Woman Suffrage Association.
ELIZABETH CADY STANTON, President.

A. L. NORTON, PAULINA W. DAVIS,
Advisory Counsel for the State of Rhode Island.

[126]

LONDON, July 18, 1869.

_Mrs. President and Members of the Woman's National Suffrage
Association_:

I send an account of the first woman suffrage meeting ever held in
London. But if we may judge anything of the prospects of the movement
from the list of men and women who have interested themselves in the
cause, it will not be the last. When such men as John Stuart Mill,
Charles Kingsley, Prof. Newman, and their peers, put the shoulder to
the wheel, a cause is bound to move on and crush all obstacles in the
way of its progress. No old stumbling blocks of prejudice, or deep
ruts of conventionality can impede the onward movement. As in America,
I find that intellect, genius, wealth, and fashion even, are beginning
in England to fall into the ranks and push on the woman suffrage
question. Miss Frances Power Cobbe writes me: "The uprising of a sex
throughout the civilized world, is certainly an unique fact in
history, and can hardly fail of some important results."

With the confident expectation that her prophecy will find a speedy
and perhaps grander fulfillment than she or any of us dream of now, I
remain yours, respectfully,

LAURA C. BULLARD, _Cor. Sec'y N. W. S. Association_.




CHAPTER XXIII.

THE NEW DEPARTURE.

UNDER THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT.

Francis Minor's Resolutions--Hearing before Congressional
Committee--Descriptions by Mrs. Fannie Howland and Grace
Greenwood--Washington Convention, 1870--Rev.



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