PamphletAn Appeal To The Women of the United States by the National Women's Suffrage and Educational Committee, Washington, D.C. Hartford: Case, Lockwood & Brainard, 1871. Tall 8vo. Original paper wrappers. 4 pages. Folded. Light rubbing on top edges, still near fine. Scarce First Edition pamphlet of the suffrage movement, signed in print by Susan B. Anthony and five other distinguished feminists including Paulina W. Davis and Isabella Hooker. The Appeal, of 19 April 1871, outlines a crucial new strategy undertaken by the women's rights movement. The Appeal encouraged activists to exercise the right to vote existing under Amendments 14 and 15, as well as their right to sue in federal court is and when they were barred, as Susan B. Anthony would do the very next year in 1872. The Appeal also contains the Declaration and Pledge of the Women of the United States concerning their right to and use of elective franchise. This was the Pledge which Victoria Woodhull would invite her audience to sign the next month at Apollo Hall. "You are taxed without representation, tried by a jury not of your peers, condemned and punished by judges and officers not of your choice, bound by laws you have had no voice in making, many of which are burdensome upon you as women; in short, your rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are daily infringed, simply because you have heretofore been denied the use of the ballot, the one weapon of protection and defence under a republican form of government." One of the landmark documents in the history of feminist involvement in political activity. See History of Women Suffrage II, 485-7-; Krichmar 1866.