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Susan B. Anthony

Anthony invites students to "join in our rejoicing over the better times

that are for girls & women and because of that

 for boys & men also "

Susan Brownell Anthony, 1820-1906.  Women's rights activist.  Autograph Letter Signed, Susan B. Anthony, two pages, 8¼" x 10¾", on stationery of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, Rochester, New York, December 25, 1897.

Responding to a student's request for a handwritten letter for a college autograph album, Anthony writes:  “Yours of March asking a word from me for your Normal School autograph book rises before me this Christmas morning as I am making a most strenuous effort to demolish the pile of envelopes asking for my pen-tracks before the year 1897 closes.  Enclosed, in same package with this, is my publishers first announcement of my forth-coming book, which I trust will be deemed worthy of a place in the shelves of the Kansas State Normal School at Emporia.  Also a copy of my rehearsal of the progress made by women in the last half century, –  Also my appeal for contributions to help us of the National to establish a newspaper bureau And I wish I could say, also, the call for our 20th Annual Convention in Washington from February 12 to 20 – 1898 — and the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first woman's rights convention, ever held, – and invite you all to be present—if not in person—in spirit, and join in our rejoicing over the better times that are for girls & women and because of that for boys & men also   /  Very sincerely yours . . . .

This letter was part of a collection of autograph items assembled by students in the Department of Bookkeeping & Penmanship at the State Normal School in Emporia, Kansas, now Emporia State University, in the 1890s.  The students wrote to prominent men and women seeking holographic letters containing a sentiment, reminiscence, or word of advice to be included in albums devoted to handwriting.

The letter comes with the printed advertisement that Anthony mentions for her authorized biography, The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony.  The other items that the letter mentions are not present with this letter but are being offered for sale separately.

This letter has glue stains from prior mounting for more than a century in the album, and we have priced it accordingly.  The stains are largely confined to the upper edges of the pages, although there are two stains about one-third of the way down on the first page.  The stains affect a few words of the text on both pages, but they are well removed from Anthony's signature.  Otherwise the letter has only one normal, unobtrusive horizontal mailing fold.  Overall it is in very good to fine condition, and the signature is very fine.




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