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   New Haven Gazette (Newspaper) - April 6, 1786, New Haven, Connecticut                                 !  ile New-Haven i  icut  meo ■ ^  {Vol. I.) Thurfday, April 6, M.DCC.LXXXVÎ.  o. 8.  Now gibi sed toto cbnit03 SE credere" MuNDO.  NEVV'HAVEN: Printed and Publiflied by, MEIGS & DANA, in Chapel-Street. Prfce Nine Shilling: per Annum.'  '035ER-VATIONS OQ the PRESENT Si-'I UATJON and Fo'turc P-ospects of this and the • uxvi i States,  Ns. viir.  A N.OTIIER friend of mine, the Hon.  Mr. Anarch uy, has.iurnilhed me with'a faitner plan for improvement An le-gifiation, which my duty, as wcli^s^uudi-iiatibn, induces me to lay before the piV^ilic. Jt cannot'ielTon the charafter of the great ConlUtiacionaiilt, to acknowledge that lais writer lias gone far beyond hiji in tht: per-icdion of policy, when it is confeifed that the iyilem is built upon his foundation ;— The philoiophical genius of a k-acon i? not injured by the fuperior referirches of a Newton ; and, whatever comparifons may be tirawn in favour of my republic, it cannot , be expeded my real merit Ihouldever eclipfe th^t of the great Lycurgus of Sparta. One «Teat gznius gives birth to another, and  this flood of poimcid hghc now huriiing up-  o:l our hcmiiphere, may be attributed to tne • few difcerning patriots, who Hood forth at the cloieof theliite war, in manly oppofilion to the fentiments of General WASUiKC-'i o n and the late Governor Trumbull.  LYCURGUS.  To LYCURGUS.  Sir,  •TT MUST acknowledge myfelf extremely I pleaied wuh the pian oi a pure demo-ciluic government iai.' down by tiie Cointi-_ • tutionciiiil in your lail'number, which,^ ol " all tiic fchcmes'forinnovanon in ourconititu-: tion, feems molt pt-ritcl iu ii . f, and nioil conibrmipie to the preieut dii^JoiiLion oi the ' citizens of this lla'.'. luit while in common v,/ith all the true iricnus (;f peri'ed demccracy I huintvly return him my thaiiks for tiiat ex-pcilent produftion, i tioui)t not he v/ill^cx-</uie'me ibr liiiidng at one capital dyrecl, ' lubii'U :g not only in hia plan, but ia ali, modern fof Hi • of gtrvenia-c^t : a dc:ed, which ilivou.;; .Lo-j^iy oi iia ariilocratic ipi-lit, by ex-.iuiiiUL'-ali fna-e in legiilaii-on, one fuil n^if of the human race— mean t^ie /rv,/„/e- part of the communiry. Tills c.vciwir^n'is cerruinly an u'arpation on the ri^'h'i. t'i riiat rt-'X-; r- '«leis tair cariRiiu-tion a iiiere ariuooiacy oi litc iiivlej; ¿tau  i S  never be vindicated by the advocâtes for pure democracy.  Tnat women are born equally free as men, that cney liave tne lame natural rights, arc affected by the" iavvs. a id equ tily iuLcreited in tiie weliaie oi the Itate, are pontions, which none of our readers will deny. The dominion of the eartn was given to Adam and live jointly, wunout any limitation of the inheritance to the neirs male of.their bodies ; and 1 cooje<Pure that the idea of the total exclufion of females from legiflation, arofe about the fame lime, and from the fame fpirit, with the odious and ariftocratic d jclrine of entailments. Yet other nations have had wi.dom fufficient to diicover that women were capable of ruling kingdoms and '^mpires ; and hiili.>ry teaches us that they have generally governed vvith more glory to theniielves and kappineis to their iub-jeils, than kings or emperors. Can king George compare the glorie^of his reign with thofe of Anna or EHzabeth ; or all the European Sovereigns equal the Emprefs ofRui-  lia in the character oi a legifiator r Even many of ilie wiieii rrmces nave frccrx  for'the greateft part of their reputation to the advice and influence of their wives or miibeiTes ; while according to the words of Eldras, woman was ftronger than the king. To bring the argument nearer to the feelings of my readers, i appeal to every married mm in the ikte to determine from his o.vn experience, whether women are deficient in natural inclination to take into their hands the reins of government, in talents to guide them vvith dexterity, and addrefs, or in policy to iupport the domiriion they have gained. Not the walls oi Jericho bowed with more iuhnviTion to the blall of Rams-.Horns, than the fword and the fcepire have ®ften fubmi.cted to the terrors of the Broom-' Ihiii" and the Dilîaft. Since therefore women a'-c^ capable of governing their-huib-ands in private ianii'ies, and iîuresorem-pirciii^î a public capacity, who can hefuate to prdaounce that tliev have fiiîKcient abilities ibr Governeiles, Allillants and reprtfen-t iti cs:  i )da-1 I cannot but obforve that mankind feera iaitin.tlively to 'ackao-.v,icdg..vti.e iujuil-ice done £o the female fe.c, by their io frc-■■ qac ùiy thoonug into the moil important of-, uf .ai. llaic, pcrloi.s v,hom they jnitiy  term meer ciJ tccmc/i. This undoubtedly ariles nom theirconfcioufnefs that public affairs flouriih moil in iuch hands. But I havj always preferred an original to acopyy and have no dcubt in afierting that a Male old woman is by no means fo valuable as afe-male.  From thefe confiderations, and many others which might be mentioned, I beg leave to propofe the following plan for admitting the female fex to an equal ihare in legiflation.  X. That a fubfcription be immediately be^ gun among the women, for building a new State Houfe ir each of the cities of New-Haven and Hartford, adjoining to the houfe already erefted, as loon as a fufficient value in rings, jewel« and necklaces ihall be col-lefted to defray the expence, which the ladies will undoubtedly fubfcribe liberally on  this occafion--^which houfes when er-  eSed, ihall be appropriated for the meetings of the female afiembly.  II. That the v/pmea in.each towion. the  ilate be thereupon mcorporated with fuTl pow-virent e Oóvernels, Lieutenant Govern-cfs, Coancil and Reprefentatives.  ill. That every woman who hath borne a child in lawful matrimony-, ihall thereby become a freeholder or free-woman, and be entitled to the right of voting, and to all other privileges and immunities of a free-woman of the fiate ; and be capable of being elefted a reprefenCative ; thar the birth of an illegitimate child fhal) not confcr,any llich privilege ; yet, confidering the diiikul-ties which the mothers of fuch children may find in engaging in niatrimony, and the ne-ccility of encouraging popularon,- the mother of three fpurious children fliall (in imitation of the Romans) be entitled to"the J«/ triùm ì-òercnuft. . ■ ■ ' • ' '  JV. As the'office of midwife is the m!?il important of any at pr^fent in the tenure tif the ferñale fex, I would propofe that all tiie grannies in the ñate be coníidered as (landing in nominati'on for .the higher oiti.ces of government, ànd that atlTuture ncmnìnations be filled from- that venerable body of matrons. . , , ; ■■  V. That a governefs be. annually'chofe ^, vvhofe ilyic ihall be. Her Excellency, Gr^'a-ny General, - and Female Commander in Cài;; of die Stale. A Lieutenant Govern«   

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