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Dear Mr. Phillips
You will see by the enclosed,[1
] that the Woman's Rights Petitions
have been presented to our Legislature, & that each is referred to a Select
The Assembly Com. give our
Committee a hearing
on Wednesday p.m. 3 Oclock, March 1st
& the Senate Com. on Thursday the 2d March
.— Next Wednesday is the only time, that all
be here, therefore there can be no postponement— Mr. May
, Mr. Channing Miss Brown
, & Mrs. Rose
Committee. Mr. May has just telegraphed
me saying, "Send for Phillips
, I can't be there." You will see that Mr.Channing alone
cannot do the work that needs to be done. We want a Lawyer
, or one who understands the law— There is also some uncertainty with regard to Miss Brown's being present, & Mrs. Rose at a meeting, the Friday following our Convention addressed a large number of the members of the Legislature. The admission to this meeting was 25 cts. & the Association Hall, (in which you spoke last Fall,) was densely crowded, & that with the first Class
Citizens. We, therefore feel that our argument before the Legislative Com. should be presented by
some other person, beside Mrs. Rose. Miss Mott
with myself, feel that we ought to have a strong force of speakers present.— There is a general impression among the members of Assembly, that some relief should be granted, & the Committee are all, save two, quite favorably
disposed. You will see that the action of the Com. depends very much upon the impression made by our Committee. I hope you will be able to be present— we deeply regretted the absence of both yourself & Lucy Stone
at our Convention last week— You may think it not right for a person out
State to address the Committee but we have plenty of precedents. Neal Dow, last winter, addressed our Legislature on the Maine Law.[2
& Wednesday will suit you, better than Wednesday & Thursday
, we can make such change.— Will you please Telegraph me 37 Maiden Lane,[3
] if you can be here the 1st
If it is an utter impossibility for you to give but one day, the cause will be greatly served thereby— but I do hope you will be able to waive some of your engagements— You with us, feel that this is an important crisis in the movement— Hoping that the Telegraph will say, "I will be in Albany, March 1st & 2d," I am yours for the Right
Susan B. Anthony.
The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony,
ed. Ann D. Gordon, et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999).
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