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Smith, Gerrit
Woman Suffrage Above Human Law. Letter from Gerrit Smith [to Susan B. Anthony]
s.n., S.l, 1873. Broadsheet (360 x 219). 2 pp. printed in two columns. Folded three times (worn along folds and edges). Slight foxing (not objectionable). In very good condition, suitable for exhibition and study. RARE BROADSIDE PRINTING OF THE GREAT ABOLITIONIST'S OPEN LETTER TO SUSAN B. ANTHONY, pronouncing his support of the Suffragists' cause. The letter is dated 15 August 1873 at Peterboro, New York: here Smith famously insists on paying Anthony's fine of $100, and argues that woman suffrage is a natural right, ABOVE constitutional law. Finally, he supports her decision to vote under the Fourteenth Amendment, and expresses his confidence that America will soon reverse its sexist politics. It would be another forty-seven YEARS before Congress ratified the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Other copies of this broadside have been difficult to trace. It is possible -- perhaps even probable -- that it belongs to the same edition as the AAS / Univ. Rochester / Yale examples, all measuring 36 x 22 cm with the text in double columns on two pages. Not in Rare Book Hub, which currently has more than 10 million records in the Rare Book Transactions database.
Bookseller: Michael Laird Rare Books LLC [Lockhart, TX, U.S.A.]
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