Item #16028 Suffragist, Julia Ward Howe Autograph Letter Signed “I am under petticoat government” -. Julia Ward Howe.
Suffragist, Julia Ward Howe Autograph Letter Signed “I am under petticoat government” -
Suffragist, Julia Ward Howe Autograph Letter Signed “I am under petticoat government” -

Suffragist, Julia Ward Howe Autograph Letter Signed “I am under petticoat government” -

ALS : Autograph Letter Signed

Howe, Julia Ward. Partial autograph letter signed. Influential women’s suffragist, abolitionist, and poet Julia Ward Howe writes a letter on her busy speaking schedule, her birthday celebration, and her obligation to the women’s suffrage movement which she colorfully refers to as “petticoat government.”

Howe is best known for writing the lyrics to the American patriotic song “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” which quickly became one of the most popular songs in the Union during the Civil War. After the Union won the war, Howe shifted her focus to women’s suffrage, founding the New England Women’s Club and the New England Woman Suffrage Association. In this letter, Howe mentions juggling various speaking engagements and expresses her sincere hope to attend the event for which she is requested. Most interestingly, Howe comments on how much she is needed on many different fronts by the women’s suffrage movement, with the phrase, “You must remember that I am under petticoat government, from which there is no appeal.” Partial letter, otherwise near fine condition. Rare letter from one of the United States’ early women’s suffrage activists.

Item #16028

Price: $550.00