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First Suffrage Petition, 1867 March 6 (JPEG Image, 1.93 MB)
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Image of the first suffrage petition submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly on March 6, 1867.
To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of Rhode Island We, the undersigned, women of Rhode Island, would respectfully represent, That, being law abiding citizens of said State, we are denied the elective franchise, solely on account of our sex; that we are taxed without our consent, and compelled to obey laws, in the making of which we have no voice, that, by the theory of our Government, "Taxation without representation is tyranny," and that- "Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed." We, therefore, respectfully petition your Hon Body- to take such steps as may be necessary, to so amend the Constitution of this State, as to secure to the women the exercise of the elective franchise and thus make the theory and the practice of the Government harmonise. March 6-1867