Women should not meddle…

Woman surely should not aspire to the law making, or law executing power. Her wisdom could never invent disentanglements like the following:

It was necessary, a short time since, to prove in Michigan that a man had murdered a little son by his first wife, and this could only be done by the testimony of his second wife. According to Michigan law the testimony of his wife could not be received. The difficulty was surmounted by proving that when she married him she had another husband living. Though thus guilty of bigamy she was not her husband’s wife, her evidence was received, and in consequence the man was convicted.

Or how could any woman solve such a difficulty as this? It is in the Chicago Liberal: “Swear an Atheist? Upon what will you swear him?” asks a writer.

To which I reply, although I am not an Atheist; swear a Christian!

Upon what will you swear him? Not by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth for it is his footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king; nor by the head, for you cannot make one hair white or black, see Matt ch. v.: 33, 34, 35. Upon what then, will you swear him? Why upon a book, which says, “swear not at all!”

Woman should not meddle with things above her. It takes men, male citizens, to work algebra like this.

Source: The Revolution 1868-07-02

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Crowding Women Out (The Lily, 1854)

A large number of sewing machines are in full operation in this city. They do the work of many a busy hand. As they increase, what will those do who have heretofore depended upon their needles for their livelihood? This is a serious question—one that affects a very large and worthy class. Who will answer it?

–Utica Tel.

We will answer it. Men having taken up the business of doing the sewing by machinery, those who have heretofore depended upon their needles for a livelihood will be compelled to enter upon employments hitherto claimed as belonging exclusively to men. As the men have entered upon woman’s sphere and taken her employments out of her hands, it is her right to enter upon his, and choose such occupation as may suit her fancy, and such as may promise to be most profitable.

By the introduction of sewing machines, and by entering the millinery and other branches of business formerly engrossed by women, men are bringing about the very thing which the advocates of woman’s rights desire to see.

Women must seek new fields of employment, or they must starve. Some may prefer the latter to going beyond what is called their sphere; but the majority will have the courage and independence to take what of right belongs to them, and will enter upon various employments for which they have the capacity.

It will be no strange thing to see within a few years, women merchants, women book-keepers, women shoe-makers, women cabinet-makers, women jewellers, women book-sellers, women typesetters, women editors and publishers, women farmers, women physicians, women preachers, women lawyers etc., etc… Already there are some engaged in nearly or quite all these occupations and professions, and as men crowd them out of their old places the numbers will increase. It is well that is so. Woman has long enough stitched her health and life away, and it is merciful to her that sewing machines have been invented to relieve her of her toilsome, ill-paid labor, and to send her forth into more active and more lucrative pursuits where both body and mind may have the exercise necessary to health and happiness.

Men are aiding to forward the Woman’s Rights movement by crowding women out of their old places. Women will be the gainers by the change, and we are glad to see them forced to do what their false education and false delicacy have prevented their doing in times past. Let them engage in just what they please, provided it is honorable, without fear of transcending the bounds of their sphere, and very soon public sentiment will not only accord them the right, but will award them praise for their energy and perseverance.

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William Lloyd Garrison: Madman or Reformer?

The Liberator was a weekly newspaper published by William Lloyd Garrison in Boston, Massachusetts.  On January 1, 1831 the first issue of The Liberator appeared with the motto: “Our country is the world—our countrymen are mankind.”


The American Spectator, of June 11th, contains some remarks upon the editor of this paper. Our readers will recollect that Mr. Garrison is now at a distance from this place. In his absence, however, we remark that the charges brought against him by the Spectator, that he has lost his reason– that his doctrines are those of a madman– that he is governed by a wild spirit of fanaticism, etc. are the same which are always brought against zealous reformers. To such opinions, unsupported by facts or arguments, the editor might reply, as did the great Apostle, to a similar accusation. ‘I am not mad; but speak the words of truth and soberness.’

The Spectator concludes his remarks, by the following benevolent wish:-

‘In our humble judgment, every true patriot and Christian, unless his information be partial, or his mind deluded, will desire, with one of the most intelligent and pious men in Boston, that Mr. Garrison’s “subscription may not be sufficient to secure to him his bread.!”’

We regret that the editor of the Spectator should be disappointed, but must say, that the subscription list of the Liberator has been steadily increasing since its commencement, and that its success, hitherto, exceeds the original expectations of its publishers.

William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator was a weekly abolitionist newspaper published in Boston. The paper held true to the founder’s ideals. Garrison was a journalistic crusader who advocated the immediate emancipation of all slaves and gained a national reputation for being one of the most radical of American abolitionists.

Image: (Left to Right)  Wendell Phillips, William Lloyd Garrison and George Thompson in 1851.

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QWERTY Comes to Life

In the summer of 1868 Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called the “Type-Writer.” The first row was made of ivory and the second of ebony, the rest of the framework was wooden. It was in this form that Sholes, Glidden and Soule were granted patents for their invention on June 23, 1868 and July 14. The first document to be produced on a typewriter was a contract that Sholes had written, in his capacity as the Comptroller for the city of Milwaukee. Machines similar to Sholes’s had been previously used by the blind for embossing, but by Sholes’s time the inked ribbon had been invented, which made typewriting in its current form possible.

Sholes’ invention revolutionized the way offices operated. It was mentioned in the profile of Remington Rand, Inc. in History of Northwestern New York Erie, Niagara, Wyoming, Genesee and Orleans Counties Persons and Family History (Volume III) in our American County Histories collection.

Sholes Type-Writer

Sholes Type-Writer

From the Book

In 1914 Mr. Rand invented the world’s first visible record, a development of the visible index which eliminated costly and time-consuming fumbling through blind files and was destined to revolutionize the record keeping methods of modern business.

It was about this time that James H. Rand, Jr., eldest son of the senior Mr. Rand, organized the American Kardex Company in direct competition with his father’s business and established his plant and offices on Main Street, in Tonawanda, where the present Main Street Plant of Remington Rand, Inc., now stands. For ten years it was touch-and-go between father and son. But both businesses prospered and in 1925 were merged as the Rand Kardex Corporation. James H. Rand, Sr., became chairman of the board. James H. Rand, Jr., was made president and the interests and inventions of both companies were pooled in the new company.

It was the beginning of a period of growth and progress which has brought the company from the humblest of origins to the position of preeminence it now occupies in its field—the largest manufacturer of office equipment and supplies in the world.

In 1925, the Index Visible Company was purchased and the company merged with Library Bureautoform Rand Kardex Bureau. In 1927 the Remington Typewriter Company, Baker Vawter Company, Dalton Adding Machine Company, Powers Tabulating Machines Corp., Kalamazoo Loose Leaf Binder Company, Safe-Cabinet Company, and others were brought together to form Remington Rand, Inc., with twenty-four plants, offices in every principal city of the United States, and, before the war, in most foreign countries. (more…)

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