[Boston: American Woman Suffrage Association, n.d., 1885]. First edition. Printed at the offices of the Woman’s Journal for the American Woman Suffrage Association. A couple chips to edges and some faint toning. A very good copy of a fragile, uncommon item. Single sheet, folded. 9 x 10 in. Item #17129
First delivered as an address to the American Woman Suffrage Association after several states had denied suffrage amendments. George Frisbie Hoar (1826 - 1904) reminds the audience of their victories and projects a positive future for the cause. Hoar says, “I believe that every step in human civilization has been marked by the nearer approach of woman to her just and equal place of influence in the State…Everywhere she has ‘moved with us to our good.’ No nation, no city, no household, ever took a lofty place where the influence of woman did not inspire it…” (p. 4). Includes letters from Chief Justice Greene of the Washington Territory and Governor Warren of the Wyoming Territory announcing the success of women’s suffrage in the west.
George Frisbie Hoar was a Massachusetts senator, a supporter of women’s suffrage, a regent of the Smithsonian Institution, and a president of the American Antiquarian Society. He also actively opposed United States imperialism, most notably through his presentation of the K Petitions to Congress in 1897 to protest the annexation of Hawaii. The Woman’s Journal also printed his address Woman Suffrage Essential to the True Republic, which he delivered at the annual meeting of the New England Woman Suffrage Association in 1873.