Woman’s rights amendment to Mass. Constitution

AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF MASSACHUSETTS    “Fellow Citizens: In May next, a Convention will assemble to revise the Constitution of the Commonwealth. At such a time it is the right and duty of every one to point out whatever he deems erroneous and imperfect in that Instrument, and press its amendment on public attention.   We deem the extension to woman of all civil rights, a measure of vital importance to the welfare and progress of the State.   On every principle of natural justice, as well as by the nature of our institutions, she is as fully entitled as man to vote, and to be eligible to office…….To this end we ask you to join with us in the accompanying petition to the Constitutional Convention.   Sign this circular immediatlely, and return it to Lucy Stone, West Brookfield, if you are willing to let it go forth with the aid of your name for procuring signatures to the accompanying Petition. —-‘ To the Convention assembled to revise the Constitution of the Commonwealth: The undersigned, citizens of Masssachusetts, respectfully ask that you will report an amendment to the Constitution, striking out the word, ‘MALE’ wherever it occurs in that instrument.’ ” (Liberator, February 4, 1853, pg 3)