Women at London Convention

May 22, 1840

In a letter to Oliver Johnson,  at last on ship bound for England, after delays, Garrison is concerned about the role of women.   “The object of the Convention is to promote the interest of Humanity.  It is, then, a common object, in which all who wear the human form have a right to participate, without regard to color, sex, or clime. With a young woman placed on the throne of Great Britain, will the philanthropists of that country presume to object to the female delegates from the United States, as members of the Convention, on the ground of their sex? … I cannot consent to have one human being excluded from the  World’s Platform, even for the sake of peace…”   1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI