Petition of Women to Congress

To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives in congress assembled:

The Petition of the Women of the North, Citizens of the United States of America.  Whereas, a fratricidal war is raging in the once United States of America, having for its real origin and cause the holding of slaves in some States, we, the women of the North, pray Congress to propose to any State or States, beginning with Maryland, which shall proclaim emancipation within its borders, aid from the United States Treasury, to remunerate all individuals, who, having no property except slaves, would be impoverished by their emancipation.

(Liberator, June 7, 1861, pg 2)