PRESIDENT GROVER CLEVELAND - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/25/1903 - HFSID 17489
GROVER CLEVELAND. TLS: "Grover Cleveland". 1p, 8½x11. Princeton, N.J., 1903 November 25. To Miss Emma Brace, Corresponding Secretary, Consumers' League, New York City.
Sale Price $616.25
GROVER CLEVELAND. TLS: "Grover Cleveland". 1p, 8½x11. Princeton, N.J., 1903 November 25. To Miss Emma Brace, Corresponding Secretary, Consumers' League, New York City. In full: "I am sorry to be obliged to say, in response to your invitation to address the Consumers' League at its Annual Meeting in January, that it will be impossible for me to meet your wishes on this subject. I have an unusual amount of work to do and I deem it impossible to make such an engagement as your letter suggests." Emma Brace was the daughter of philanthropist reformer Charles Loring Brace (1826-1890) and edited The Life and Letters of Charles Loring Brace (New York, 1894). The Consumers' League of New York City was formed in 1891 as a result of a report made in 1890 by Alice Woodbridge, secretary of the Working Women's Society, the forerunner of the Women's Trade Union League. This report enumerated the deplorable working conditions and long hours under which women engaged in the retail trade had to work. A small group of women organized the league whose first activity was to prepare a list of shops paying minimum fair wages and having shorter hours and better sanitary conditions. In May, 1905, two years after this invitation to speak before this women's organization, Grover Cleveland was quoted in the "Ladies' Home Journal", in part, "I am persuaded that there are Women's Clubs whose objects and intents are not only harmful, but harmful in a way that directly menaces our homes." In October, 1905, he wrote in the same publication that female voting would upset "a natural equilibrium so nicely adjusted to the attributes and limitations of both (men and women) that it cannot be disturbed without social confusion and peril" and that "sensible and responsible women do not want to vote." So, it is possible that Cleveland just did not want to address the Consumers' League, basically a women's club. Folds, vertical fold touches "ev" in Cleveland. Sporadic yellowing. 2 lines of type lightly faded. Slightly creased.
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