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Anthony, Susan B.
Letter handwritten and signed by Susan B. Anthony.
not published, Philadelphia, PA, 1876. Four page letter handwritten and signed by Susan B. Anthony, written on National Woman Suffrage Association letterhead, dated May 26th, 1876. Minor soiling, with one of two folds with a small tear, affecting her signature slightly. In this letter, SBA attempts to secure a speaking and fund-raising engagement in Chicago for fellow Suffragist Olympia Brown and mentions a planned "protest meeting" on July 4th, and a planned release of the "Woman's Declaration" on July 18. The Suffrage Movement had gained momentum following the 1873 Federal trial against SBA as a result of her being arrested for voting. This trial brought the Suffrage Movement national attention. The Centennial International Exhibition, the first official World's Fair in the United States (held in Philadelphia from May 10 through November 10, 1876) had started just a couple weeks before this letter was written. In this letter, SBA refers to a protest on July 4th as well as the "Women's Declaration". In advance of a July 4th event at the World's Fair, SBA's request to be included as a speaker in the program was denied. During the July 4th event, one of the speakers was Richard Henry Lee of Virginia (whose grandfather had proposed independence from England 200 years earlier) who read from the original Declaration of Independence on a stage behind Independence Hall. After Lee and other speakers finished, SBA mounted the stage and presented the Women's Declaration to be read, eventually reading it herself. The Women's Declaration, or the "Declaration of the Rights of Women of … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Kurt Gippert Bookseller ABAA [Chicago, IL, U.S.A.]

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