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Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Woman suffrage above human law. Letter from Gerrit Smith.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04717.56 Author/Creator: Smith, Gerrit (1797-1874) Place Written: Peterboro, New York Type: Printed letter Date: 15 August 1873 Pagination: 2 p. ; 36.2 x 22.2 cm.

Smith writes to Anthony, the legendary activist and reformer, discussing women's right to vote. Sends Anthony money to pay a fine, and declares that if she chooses not to pay the fine, she should use the money at her discretion "to promote the cause of woman suffrage."

Smith, a politician from New York, served as a U.S. Representative from 1853-1854. He was a noted philanthropist and social reformer active in anti-slavery campaigns and women's rights.

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