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PROCEEDINGS

OF THE

NATIONAL

WOMEN'S RIGHTS CONVENTION,

HELD AT

CLEVELAND, OHIO,

ON

WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, AND FRIDAY,

October 5th, 6th, and 7th, 1853.

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Pursuant to a call issued by the Central Committee, the National Woman's Rights Convention, for 1853, was held in Cleveland, Ohio, October 5th, 6th and 7th.

The meeting was called to order by Mrs. LUCRETIA Mott, President of the former Ņational Convention.

FRANCES D. GAGE, of Missouri, being chosen President, a fervent prayer was offered by Rev. ANTOINETTE L. BROWN.

The following additional officers were then duly appointed:

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BUSINESS COMMITTEE.

Mrs. Ernstine L. Rose, N. Y., Mrs. Abby Kelly Foster, Mass., Mr. James Mott, Pa.,

Mrs. Mary T. Corner, Ohio., Miss Lucy Stone, Mass., Mr. C. C. Burleigh, Conn., - Mr. Wm. Lloyd Garrison, Mass. Mrs. Martha J. Tilden, Ohio.,

Mr. John O. Wattles, Indiana.

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FINANCE COMMITTEE.

Miss Susan B. Anthony, Rochester, Mr. H. M. Addison, Ohio. Mrs. Phebe H. Merritt, Mich., Mrs. Hettie Little, Ohio.,

Mrs. E. P. Heaton, Ohio.

PROCEEDINGS.

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On taking the chair, Mrs. GAGE made the following remarks:-

is with fear and trembling that I take upon me the duties of presiding over your deliberations; not fear and trembling for the cause, but, lest I should not have the capacity and strength to do all that the position requires of me.

It may not, perhaps, be uninteresting to the audience, to hear a short account of our movement, from its beginning up to the present time. I think the first Woman's Rights Convention ever called in the United States, was called by a band of earnest men and women, at Seneca Falls, N. Y., in the fall of 1848. They met, held a two days session, and passed resolutions which were printed in the New York Tribune, and other papers, and created considerable sensation throughout the country. But very little was said, however, in favor of the movement, anywhere. Almost every one who spoke of it, characterized it as the work of a set of ultra fanatics. Sometime after, another meeting of the same kind was called in Rochester, New York. The proceedings of that, also, were published in the Tribune, and thoughtful people began to think better things of the movement. One year from that time, (1849) a Woman's Rights Convention was called in Salem, Ohio. It was quite well attended; the proceedings were thrown to the world through different channels, especially through the Tribune again; and occasioned a great deal of discussion, stiring up the people very generally, especially in Ohio. County Conventions were next called, and memorials and petitions were gotten up, and sent on to the “ Constitutional Convention" of Ohio, which held its session soon after, (1850.) In October of the same year, a convention was called in Worcester, Mass., and like proceedings, in the way of speeches and resolutions, were there had. They also were given to the world in pamphlets and newspapers. In the following spring, (1851) another convention was held in Ohio, at Akron; another in the autumn of the following year, at Worcester; one in Indiana the same year; another in Ohio, at Massilon; one at Westchester, Penn., and another in Syracuse, during the month of September.

Mrs. Mott.— I would ask the President to make a distinction between the Local and National Conventions.

Mrs. GAGE.—The Syracuse meeting was a National Convention. That convention gave the call for this. It was appointed to be held in Cleveland some time during this year, I think the month only was stated.

Perhaps no movement of such vital importance, warring so greatly against the old established prejudices of society, has ever been proposed to any people and none, perhaps, has made such rapid strides in the favor of the people, as this movement for Woman's Rights. It is talked of everywhere. All our periodicals feel themselves bound to bring out long articles upon the Woman Question," and “Woman's Mission." Our newspapers and pulpits have also employed a deal of their time during the last few years, in

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