Public letter from Harriet K. Hunt to Frederick U. Tracy, Treasurer and to the Assessors, and other authorities of the city of Boston, and to the citizens generally, and the Legislature particularly: -- as reprinted in The Una, December 1854


P.375: . . . while increased taxation, both as regards valuation, and percentage, is accepted by men who vote for those who impose such taxes, -- women are compelled not only to pay what you dictate, but when you say, -- and the right to determine to what purposes their money shall be applied, is declared by your usages to be beyond their province.

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When party factions, political intrigues, and the selfish cabals of scheming politicians, are stricken down and abolished, and the people come back to first principles, they will recognize the enormity of depriving one half the citizens of Boston, of rights secured to them in the parchments of a republic, We are strongly in the right, and we bide our time. Protests will yet fall and thicken around you; but whether one or many, the demand is still for justice; for privileges which shall insure a free and willing payment of taxes, for a representation through native citizenship,1 in those laws by which we are bound.