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Title

First Suffrage Petition

Description

Image of the first suffrage petition submitted to the Rhode Island General Assembly on March 6, 1867.

See also:
Report of the Special Committee on Woman Suffrage, Etc. Made to the General Assembly at its January Session A.D., 1874

Creator

Women of Rhode Island

Source

C#1179

Publisher

Rhode Island State Archives

Date

1867 March 6

Rights

Copyright is in the public domain unless otherwise specified. We reserve the right to restrict reproduction of materials due to preservation concerns.

Format

jpeg

Language

eng

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Text

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

Original Format

paper

Citation

Women of Rhode Island, "First Suffrage Petition," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #319, http://sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/items/show/319 (accessed September 19, 2014).