Form Letter, Asking Women to Petition Congress, 1865


“As the question of Suffrage is now agitating the public mind, it is the hour for Woman to make her demand.”

This form letter from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucy Stone asks friends to send petitions for women’s suffrage to their representatives in Congress.

Form Letter, Asking Women to Petition Congress, 1865.
National Archives, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives

This document is being featured in conjunction with the National Archives’ National Conversation on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.  


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