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Address of Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton.


Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. Address of....Delivered at Seneca Falls & Rochester, N. Y., July 19th & August 2nd, 1848. New York: Robert J. Johnston, Printer, 1870.
8vo; 19 pp.; lacks original wrappers; else fine.
First Separate Edition. The facts have been blurred through tell and retelling, through prejudice, and through preference for this or that heroine, but historical records make it plain that the first Woman's Rights Convention was the idea and the dream of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She assumed the responsibility in her own town of making it a success, and by having the vision and the courage to present and plead for her suffrage resolution; she lit a torch which led women to enfranchisement and equal rights. Lucretia Mott was frequently given the credit for initiating it, but Lucretia knew that she did not deserve this honor and often said so. She wrote Elizabeth in 1854:
Remember the first Convention originated with thee.  When we were walking the streets of Boston together in 1841, to find Elizabeth Moore's daughter, thou asked if we could not have a convention for Woman's Rights.  Then when James and self were attending the yearly meeting at Waterloos in forty-eight…thou again proposed the Convention, which was afterward held at Seneca Falls.  I have never like the undeserved praise in the Reports of that Meeting's proceedings, of being "the moving spirit of that occasion," when to thyself belongs the honor, aided so efficiently by the McClintocks.
A famous address which galvanized the well attended convention and kicked off the woman's rights movement on a formal footing.  This speech was repeated on August 2nd at the meeting in Rochester.
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