Victoria Woodhull announces her candidacy on Apr. 2, 1870 in the New York Herald

Her letter was written at her brokerage office, 44 Broad Street on Tuesday, March 29, 1870. Article on page 8, not page 5. (It shows up as image 5 on

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of on tbe tho montu maae on accrued Railroatl aebt. who issued during the named acting Hamilton to a on the blow the assistance appeared the Kennedy in officers officer to tae this morning, shares of England, 52,000,000, of thin wizards" as representative or the are contemptible interest Erie man and ignites aa more bnzhtly the name the or tne lor his we and Dr. lor announced of the THE COMING WOMAN. Victoria C. WoodhaU, the Balmoral Broker, to Baoe for the White Honse-What She Will and What She Won't Do-Her Views on Home and Foreign Policy- Hew Ideas on Government , 44 BKOAD STKKBT, NEW YORK, ) March 29,1870. J To THE EDITOR OP THK HERALD:-The disorganized condition ol parties In the United States ai the present time affords a favorable opportunity for a review of tlie political situation and comment on the Issues which are likely to come for settlement in the Presidential election luiS72. As I happen to be the most prominent re live or the only unrepresented class in the republic, and perhaps the most practical exponent o( the principles of equality; I request the favor of being permitted to address the public through tlie ortheHEHALD. While others of my sex devoted themselves to a crusade against the laws that shackle the women of the country, I asserted my Individual Independence; while others prayed for she good time coming, I worked for it; while argued the equality t of woman with maa, I proved it by successfully encasing in business: while sought to show that there was no valid rertson woman should be treated socially and politically a being inferior to man, I boldly entered the of politics ana business aud exercised thu rights I already possessed. I therefore claim th3 right to speak for tlie unenfranchised women of the country, ana believing as I do that there will be SIORF FEMALE OFFICEHOLDERS THAN FEMALE VOTERS for some time to come, and that the Drejudtces still exist In the popular minu agains; women In public life win soon disappear, I now announce as a candidate for the Presidency. I am quite aware that In assuming this position I shall evoke more ridicule than enthusiasm at the outset. But tins is an epoch of sudden changes and startling surprises, What may appear absurd to-day will assume a serious aspectto-morrow. I am content to wait until my claim for recognition as a candidate shall receive the calm consideration of the and toe public. The blacks were cattle in 1SGO; a negro now sits In Jeff Davis' seat in the United States Senate. The sentiment of the country was. even in 1863, against nesro suffrage;now the riant to vote is srcknowiedged by a majority or Slates, and will soon be recognized by the constitution of the United States. Let those, therefore, who ridiculed the negro's claim to exercise the right "lite, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," and lived to see him vote ana hold high public offices, ridicule the aspirations of tne women of the after equality with tlie blacks as much as they please. They cannot roll back the rising tide of lorm. THE WORLD MOVES. That great governmental changes were to follow the enfranchisement of the negro i have long lore- seen. Tvhile tne curse of slavery covered the land progress was encnalned, but wneii it was swept away in the torrent of war the voice of justice Heard, and it became evident that the last weak barrier against complete political and social equality must soon give way. All that has been Eaul and written hitherto iu support of EQUALITY FOR WOMEN has had Its proper eftect on the public mind, just the anti-slavery speeches before secession were effective; but a candidate and a policy are required to prove it. Lincoln's election showea the sti luigln of the leelmg against the peculiar institution; my caneidacy for the Presidency will. I confidently expect, develop the fact tot tne principles ot equal rights for all nave laKeu deep root. Tiie advocates of oolitic:'! equality lor women tiave, besides a respectable Known strength, a great undercurrent of unexpressed power, which Is only awaiting a opportunity to show itseir. By the general and decidert test- I propose 'we shall be able to understand the \vom;in question aright, or ac leaat shall uave done much toward presenting: THE ISriUE INVOLVED in proper shape. I claim to possess the strength and courase to be the subject of that test and forward confidently to a triumphant issue of tne canvass. The present position of political parties is anomalous. They are noi, inspired by any great principles ol policy or economy. Political preachers paw the air; there is no live issue up for discussion. The seemingly distinctive icature upon \vnicn a complete and well dellned diversion exists is on the dead issue of negro equality, and this is to tne political leaders A HARP OF A THOUSAND STRINGS. The minor quesuons ot the Hour do uot atfect parties as such, and no well aetiued division of sentiment exists. A great national question is wanted to prevent a descent into pure sectionalism. The simple issue whether women should not have cal equality with the iie^ro is the only one 1,0 be tried, and nono more important is likely to arise before tlie PiesidentuU election. But be^lao me question of equality others ol great magnitude are ue- ceasaniy included. The platform that is to succeed lu the coming election must enunciate the general principles of ENLIOHTENEI) JUSTICE AND ECONOMY. A complete relorni in our system or prison discipline, having specially in view the welfare ol the lamilies ol criminals, whose labor should uot be lost to them; the rearrangement or the ss stein control of internal improvements; the adoption ol some better means lor curing for tlie helpless indigene: the establishment of strictly mutual and reciprocal relations with all foreign 1'owers wuo unite to better the condition of ihe productive and the adoption 01 such principles as siialt recognize this class as THE TRUE WEALTH OF THE COUNTRY. and give it a just position beside capital, thus introducing a practical plan lor universal government-these important changes can only be exuecteu to follow a complete departure from the beaten tracks 01 political parties and their machinery; and tins, believe, my canvass ol 1S7^ will euecr-. Thac the people are sick of tue present administration is a proposition, I tniuk, that does not to be argued; but as I have now taken a stand against us continuance lor another term of four years, ana oneieu myself as ;i candidate ror the Presidential succession, a iew preliminary observations on the general management of OUtt HOME AN"l FOr.EKiN POLICY will not be on; of place. The 'admmlBtralion of General Grant, then, has been a failure Irani the beginning; weak, vacillating and deficient in moral courage, it commands neither the respect uor admiration or loreign Powers nor receives the active support of its party- The general management, of k foreign and domestic alTmrs does not seem to nave risen to tne dignity or a policy, though it allowed to have been consistent in its various It has been destitute of that decision ana firmness mat characterize tne victorious soldier who is President, A decided Cuoan policy would not only nave settled at ones the inevitable iiestmj of mat island, but would also nave given repuDlican sentiment in Spain an Impetus, strengthened tlie South American republics aucl exercised a nealtay niun- ence in Mexico and Canada. l!ut instead of this we have to submit to the consequences ol A POLICY OF CuWAltlMCE. American citizens abroad are murdered by Spanish cutthroats, our consuls are insulted, our Hag is disgraced.- This is unworthy ol the American nation, and the people will hold Grant accountable. A who never snows his si.reugiu is neither leared nor respected. On the important questions of taxation, the tariff and tlie public debt the administration seems to have no' settled policy. Taxation, whether for the support or the government or payment of tho debt, should in all cases be and never special. No special interest, nor several special interests, should oe singled out to sustain extra proportion of taxation. And in regard to tariff the same principle should be enforced. Whether the 'public debt be a blessing or a curse, exists. Created to save the republic, it must be paid strictly according to both the spirit and the letter or the law. But there is no immediate necessity ror paying it off- By a proper policy its payment might be made to extend through a years, ror even beyond thar time will the benelits creation produced be lelt and appreciated, in countries the pressure of national debt becomes heavier charge and a more mighty burden every succeeding year, nut with us the very reverse is the The develonment of our magnificent resources will render the gradual payment of our indebtedness easy of accomplishment. ALL OTHER QUESTIONS, whether of a foreign or domestic nature, stand trated by tne Cuban policy of the administration. bold, firm and, witnal, consistent national policy, not at all times strictly within the conservative limits of international law will always command respect ana support of me people. \vlih the view of taking the people into my confidence I have written several papers on governmental questions of importance and will submit them in due time. For the present the foregoing must suffice. I anticipate criticism; but however unfavorable the comment this letter may evoke trust that my sincerity will not be called m I have deliberately and of my own accord placed myself before the people as a candidate for the Presidency of the United States, and Having the conrage, energy ana strength necessary for we intend to contest it to the cloaa VICTORIA 0. -WOODHCTLL. be partisan on to to of as of !U M 2d

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  • Victoria Woodhull announces her candidacy on Apr. 2, 1870 in the New York Herald — Her letter was written at her brokerage office, 44 Broad Street on Tuesday, March 29, 1870. Article on page 8, not page 5. (It shows up as image 5 on

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