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"O wondrous ! how little understood, --
Entrusted to the mother's mind along
To fashion genius, form the soul for good,
Inspire a West, or train a Washington !
- Mrs. Hale in Poetical Quotations, 1849.
HOW AMERICAN WOMEN SHOULD VOTE. -- "I control seven votes; why should I desire to cast one myself?" said a lady who, if women went to the polls, would be acknowledged as a leader. This lady is a devoted, beloved wife, a faithful, tender mother; she has six sons. She knows her influence is paramount over the minds she has carefully trained. She feels her interests are safe confided to those her affection has made happy. She trusts her country will be nobly served by those whom her example has taught to believe in goodness, therefore she is proud to vote by her proxies. This is the way American women should vote, namely, by influencing rightly the votes of men.
~"Editors' Table" Godey's Lady's Book, April, 1852.
Why women should vote