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    Victoria C. Woodhull Autograph Letter Signed "Victoria C. Woodhull". Two pages (folded and written vertically on the verso of a sheet of William E. Gray & Co., Bankers letterhead), 5" x 8", New York, March 16, 1870, to "Mr. Cole". Ms. Woodhull expounds on her views of a Universal Government to Cole, who is presumably a newspaper reporter, and writes of her forthcoming book Tendencies of Government. She writes, in part:

    "During our interview this evening I forgot to mention that what you have of the Tendencies of Government is only introductory - what Mr. Stephens thought would be sufficient for the first chapter...The argument is Universal Government as the legitimate ultimate of past and present forms: that history sustains it: and that philosophy presupposes it: also that the United States must necessarily be the central power when it is attained: and from the same reasons that it will come Some sphere is required to demonstrate this to make it plain to the general mind." The letter is fine, albeit with two paper reinforcements to the fold creases on the verso. The letter is accompanied by Vol. 3, No. 15, August 26, 1871 edition of the Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly, a newspaper started by Victoria and her sister Tennessee Claflin. This edition contains a lengthy article on free love and an announcement of Tennessee Claflin's intention to run for a Senate seat. The newspaper is rather tatty at the edges and is moderately foxed; otherwise it is in very good condition. From the Judith Kaplan Women's History Collection.


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