ship out of the very sea itself.
I think, that in the twenty years that have gone by, we have had the little, infinitesimally minute changes of the barometer, but the New York Legislature has risen a full inch in the moral barometer the last twelve months. [Applause.] It is a proof that the monsoon is coming that will lift the old conservative ship, carrying the idea that woman is a drudge and a slave, out of the waters, and dash her into fragments on the surface of our democratic sea. In a few years more, I do not know but we shall disband, and watch these women to the ballotbox, to see that they do their duty.
[Applause.] You will have your State Constitution to change in five or six years. Use such meetings as these, and perhaps the Empire State
will earn its title by inaugurating the great movement becoming democratic and Saxon
civilization, by throwing open civil life to woman.
I hope it may be so. Let us go out and labor that it shall be so.
Let me, in closing, show you by one single anecdote, how mean a thing a man can be. You have heard of Mrs. Norton
, “the woman Byron
,” as critics call her, the grand-daughter of Sheridan
, and the one on whose shoulders his mantle has rested,--a genius by right of inheritance and by God's own gift.
Perhaps you may remember that when the Tories wanted to break down the reform administration of Lord Melbourne, they brought her husband to feign to believe his wife unfaithful, and to sue her before a jury.
He did so, brought an action, and an English jury said she was innocent; and his own counsel has since admitted in writing, under his own signature, that during the time he prosecuted that trial, the Honorable Mr. Norton
(for so he is in the Herald
's Book), confessed all the time that he did not believe a word against his wife, and knew she was innocent.