The New York Mirror rails at the Worcester Convention, and exclaims in a phrensy:
"Her offices are those of wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Good God! Can they not be content with these?"
What unreasonable creatures these women are; but sorry to say the men folk have set them a bad example. His offices are those of husband, father, son, brother, friend. Goodness gracious! Can they not be content with these? Don't we let them wear whiskers and cultivate moustaches--look "divine" and often killing? Havn't we given them leave to wear straps on their pantaloons and wadding in their vests, to improve their plumpness?--Did'nt we make them false bosoms, plaited, starched and ironed, until they are as ribbed and stiff and smooth as the platform of a railroad station, with its innumerable tracks? Don't we allow them to wear white kid gloves, satin vests of the same color, rings, breastpins and chains? Don't we permit them to carry fans and parasols, and make themselves generally useful; and don't we listen to their declarations and say, "O la! Now, Mr. Smith! I declare?" Hav'nt we encouraged the pretty darlings to utter soft nothings of mornings, when the parlor blinds are down; and hav'nt our hearts gone into a delightful flutter, to respond to the pit-pat knocking inside the wadded vests? And yet the pretty dears are not content to make love and dress the sole objects of their lives! Why will they tangle their whiskers, soil their hands, and tarnish their boots dabbling and wading in politics, law and learning? What occasion can any of them have to vote himself a farm, when he has a wife? Why should they covet the legal power to protect their lives and property, or want remuneration for their labor? Are they not husbands, fathers, sons, brothers? What use can they have for bread and butter, beef and potatoes, when they fill all the endearing relations of life? The old colonists were a pretty set of numbskulls to object to the principle of taxation without representation! They were husbands and fathers, and sons and brothers; but still they must needs aspire to be legislators also-to be their own law-makers over and above and into the bargain to, the other great rights already enjoyed.