The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony


SBA to Anson Bingham, with Enclosure[1]

Mr. Bingham

Enclosed is a form of Petition as drawn by Mrs. Stanton—  Does it meet your approbation? Is it in properly addressed? Would it not be well to insert after undersigned in the last paragraph the words Men & Women Petition—  Please make such suggestions as you think best—
Enclosed also is the Call for our Saratoga W.R. Convention—[2]   If convenient for you, will you call the attention of your Editors to the notice— they will without doubt publish it gratuitously— all of our Editors have done so. I hope to see you & Mrs. Bingham at our Saratoga meeting—   Yours Respectfully

Susan B. Anthony

Enclosure

To the Honorable the Senate & House of Representatives.

We the Women of the State of New York demand our "Right of Suffrage" a right which involves all the rights of Citizens, & which you cannot justly withhold now that we no longer consent to remain wholly unrepresented in this government.
We therefore the undersigned therefore Petition that you now take the necessary steps so to revise & improve our State Constitution that all her citizens may stand on equal grounds.[3]
ALS and Ms in hand of SBA, SBA Papers, NRU.
    [1.] Anson Bingham (1811-1882), a lawyer residing at Nassau, in Rensselaer County, wrote about woman's rights for the Lily and other papers under the name "Senex." He gained legal prominence in the anti-rent cases, brought after 1852 against the feudal rights claimed by owners of the Van Rensselaer manor lands. In order to work closely with Andrew J. Colvin, another lawyer with an anti-rent practice, he moved his office to Albany about 1856. Bingham won election as a Republican to the assembly in 1859, and, from his position on the judiciary committee, he supported new reforms in the property rights of married women. He married Laura McClellan (c. 1815-?) of Nassau. (Murphy, New York State Officers, 1861, 158-60; Bingham, Bingham Family, 2:88, 312; Federal Census, 1860; New York State Census, 1855; SBA diary and copybook, p. 74, Film, 7:879ff.)
    [2.] The New York State Woman's Rights Committee called a second meeting at Saratoga Springs at the height of the summer season "to discuss woman's right to suffrage." (Film, 8:277-80.)
    [3.] The final text read, in part, "Whereas the Women of the State of New York are recognized as citizens by the Constitution, and yet are disfranchised on account of sex only,— we do respectfully demand for them the right of suffrage;— a right which involves all other rights of citizenship, and one which cannot justly be withheld." (Una, September 1855.)