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    Belva Ann Lockwood Autograph Letter Signed Regarding Her 1884 Run For the Presidency. Two pages, on her law firm letterhead, 8.5" x 11", Washington, D.C., February 13, 1906, to J. Elmer Christie. In this letter the noted women's rights activist and lawyer responds to a request for information regarding her historic 1884 run for the Presidency as the candidate for the National Equal Rights Party. She writes in full:

    "Dear Sir,
    Your favor of Feb. 5th about the Equal Rights Party, and my candidacy for the Presidency is before me. I think that only one authentic account of it that has ever been written and that was by a Mr. Smith of the Document Room of the House of Representatives, in small work entitled I think "Presidential Campaigns". Mr. Smith promised to send me a copy of his work when issued, but neglected to do so, and I have failed to secure a copy. If it was copyrighted as I should think it would have been, there must be 2 copies in the Congressional Library. This was three or four years ago, and I think Mr. Smith died on a trip to Europe about 2 years ago. This information may not be correct. I enclose you one of the old campaign cards showing the date and place of nomination, a copy of the Electoral Ticket for New York, and under another cover, our organ for the campaign published in San Francisco. It gives the platform of the party, and many of the preliminaries which may interest you at this time. We polled several thousand votes in N.Y. secured the whole electoral ticket of Oregon and one half that of Indiana, and filed a petition in Congress, asking to be recognized in the Electoral College.
    Yours Truly, Belva A. Lockwood".

    With the usual old fold creases and a 1.5" closed tear on the right edge of the first page, otherwise a bright, legible letter in fine condition. From the Judith Kaplan Women's History Collection.

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