2 West 86 St. [New York]: [ND but ca. 1915]. Four Page Holograph letter. 4-7/8 x 6-1/2"; written on cream colored stationary, Catt's address printed in black at the head of the first page, very light age discoloration near the edges, creased once horizontally for mailing, very good.
In this letter, addressed to another suffrage leader Mrs. William Todd Helmuth, Catt (1859-1947) expresses her sorrow at Helmuth's illness, and urges her to get well, telling her that the "Feds [won't run] a convention without you." Carrie Chapman Catt succeeded Susan B. Anthony as President of the National American Woman Suffrage Organization in 1900 and served until 1904, when her husband's illness forced her to resign. However, she returned to office in December 1915, and within a few months had forged her "Winning Plan" which did much to secure passage of the Nineteenth Amendment and woman suffrage. A recent profile describes Catt as "a master builder, [something evident in this letter], who reached the apex of her powers just when they were most needed...She was a great politician and, equally important, a great person, too. In an age notable for its distinguished women, Carrie Chapman Catt was second to none." Accompanied by a reproduction 5 x 7" black-and-white photograph of Catt. Item #8576