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But what word can I
speak that will not be better spoken? What argument is not
already familiar to the reading and thinking mind? Are not
"the truths as self-evident" to-day to the intelligent
public as they were a century ago? That all people, "not men
only," are born equal and endowed by the Creator with
inalienable rights, among which are those to life, liberty,
and pursuit of happiness. Has the human race ever been made
more miserable for one progressive step toward liberty since
the days when Christ was hung upon the cross for daring to
say, "Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you do ye
the same unto them." What else does woman suffrage mean?
What else is needed but this principle to settle the vexed
question of "Solid North" or "Solid South"? What else but
its recognition to drive every liquor-saloon from the land,
making temperance universal? What but this to bring about
the great system of social morality--making it as heinous a
crime for man to do wrong as for woman....

FRANCIS D. GAGE.

_Bunker Hill, McCoupin Co., Ill., Oct. 23, 1879._

Mrs. Cutler continued in a pertinent speech. Miss Hindman
followed with an able argument to show why and where women need
the ballot. Mrs. E. Dickerson, of St. Louis, Dr. Wilson, of
Cincinnati, and Lucy Stone followed. Each of these in their
special way showed how to secure justice to women. Mrs. Dickerson
answered objections, and put phases of the law as applied to
women in fine contrast with the law as applied to men. Dr.
Wilson, in a wide-awake lively speech, advised women to try a new
method, and starve out the men who would not concede their
rights. He said, "Give them no coffee for breakfast, nor steak
for dinner, and nothing good for supper until they put the ballot
in your hands." He gave deserved blame to women for not being
more active in their own behalf. This breezy speech was often
applauded, and good-natured criticism followed, putting the
heaviest duty on the shoulders of men who have the power to free
women, but still do not do it. The last speech of the evening was
made by Lucy Stone, who showed the dreary helplessness implied in
disfranchisement, and who sought to arouse women to a proper
resentment against such degradation of position. Then was sung,
"Praise God, from whom all blessings flow," and thus closed the
tenth annual meeting of the American Woman Suffrage Association.

* * * * *

The Eleventh Annual Meeting of the American Woman Suffrage
Association held its sessions in 1880 at Washington, D. C.
Delegates were present from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode
Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio,
Indiana, Missouri, and Iowa. A large and intelligent audience
nearly filled the body and galleries of the large hall. The
meeting was called to order by the President, HENRY B. BLACKWELL,
who said: Fellow-citizens, Ladies and Gentlemen: The Annual
Meeting of the American Woman Suffrage Association is not a mere
mass meeting of individuals. It is a body of delegates from State
and local societies assembled in a representative capacity, and
as such I welcome you to-night. We meet for the first time in
this capital city of the republic, to promote a great social and
political change. We propose to substitute for the existing
political aristocracy of men alone, a government founded upon the
united suffrages of men and women. We urge the enfranchisement of
women, not in a spirit of antagonism between man and woman, but
as the common interest of both. We urge the enfranchisement of
woman as an act of political justice, and also as a measure of
the highest expediency. Women need the ballot for their own
protection and self-respect. Men equally need the votes of women
as an added power for order, temperance, purity, and peace.

Mr. BLACKWELL read a dispatch from Gov. Hoyt, of Wyoming
Territory:

GREEN RIVER, W. T., Dec. 15, 1880.

_To the Committee on Woman Suffrage_:--Your kind invitation
was delayed, so that my acceptance is impossible.
Understand, however, that I fully recognize the justice of
the cause you represent, and wish you and your co-laborers
God-speed in the great work of its furtherance.

JOHN W. HOYT.

Mrs. LUCY STONE was the last speaker. She spoke with a quiet
earnestness that showed the depth of her convictions, and how
greatly her heart was in her work. Her address was an entirely
argumentative one, abundant illustrations being used to clinch
her statements. She said that she felt keenly the degradation of
being disfranchised. To bring about a change in the present state
of affairs, she would have every mother impress upon her
children, when they were as young as nine years of age, that
women have as much right to govern as their fathers; then the
boys would grow up on the side of their mothers and the girls
would become advocates of the cause. Personally she cared more
for woman suffrage than anything else under the sun. In
conclusion, she urged the people of Washington to help them in
obtaining from Congress a XVI. Amendment to the Constitution,
giving women the right to vote, and for the enactment of a law
giving women suffrage in the Territories.

The following letter was read:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 1880.


MY DEAR MRS. HOWE:--My time is to be so crowded with
occupations for the next ten days that I must decline your
courteous invitation to speak at the annual meeting of the
American Woman Suffrage Association.

I shall be very glad to take some fitting opportunity
publicly to reaffirm my conviction, which grows stronger
with every year's experience, that the admission of woman to
her full and equal share in the Government is essential to a
perfect republic.

I am, yours very truly, GEO. F. HOAR.

Letters were read from W. G. Elliot, President of the University
of Missouri, Lorepiza Haynes, Frances D. Gage, Emma C. Bascom,
Mrs. Mary F. Henderson, and George B. Loring.

Mrs. HELEN M. GOUGAR, of Lafayette, Ind., read a carefully
prepared statement of objections, and answered them with force
and spirit. Her address was happily conceived and gracefully
delivered. Her voice is a clear soprano, distinct, well
modulated, with not a little melody in its pure, soft tones.

Miss EASTMAN read a form of memorial which had been prepared to
be presented to Congress to-day. It was adopted.

Miss GREW moved that the President of the association be
requested to take steps to present it at once. Adopted.

_To the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress
assembled:_--The American Woman Suffrage Association at its
annual meeting of delegates, convened in Washington, Dec.
16, 1880, respectfully pray your honorable bodies to enact a
law securing to women, citizens of the United States,
resident in the Territories, the same political rights as
are exercised by the male citizens of the United States
resident therein.

(Signed) H. B. BLACKWELL, _President_.
LUCY STONE, _Chairman Ex. Com._
MATILDA HINDMAN, _Secretary_.

(The names of the Executive Committee, thirty in number,
were also added).

Mrs. LUCY STONE, chairman of the Executive Committee, read the
tenth annual report of the American Woman Suffrage Association.
After which reports from the different States were given. At the
afternoon session, after a statement by Mrs. STONE, in regard to
the finances of the meeting, an invitation was extended to become
members of the Association by the payment of $1. Mrs. Antoinette
Brown Blackwell, of Somerville, N. J., made an address upon the
right and necessity of granting woman suffrage. Mrs. Blackwell
read from her manuscript, and made a quiet but effective appeal
for the cause.

Miss MARY GREW, of Pennsylvania, was the next speaker. She
maintained that the chief reason women were disfranchised was
that men did not think about it, and the women did not either.
She urged her hearers hereafter to think about it. This right
should be conferred on women in accordance with the principles of
this Government. But it is asked: What do you want of the ballot?
And the speaker said that she wanted it to do with it the same as
men did, and for the protection of her rights and those of other
women. She could not say how women would vote if they got the
ballot, but she supposed they would use it much as other citizens
had done.

At the evening session, before the regular programme of speeches
was begun, the resolutions[206] were read and adopted.

As the last resolution was put, Mrs. Lucy Stone arose and paid
very graceful and eloquent tributes to the memories of Lucretia
Mott, Mrs. Child, and Mr. Nathaniel White.

Marshal DOUGLASS was then introduced, and said he was not there
to make a speech, but to show his sympathy with the cause. He was
so entirely in love with it that he thought it deserved the
highest eloquence and the profoundest earnestness it could
command to advance it.



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