NORTON, Caroline (1808-1877). Poet and campaigner for women's rights.
Important Autograph Letter Signed apparently to the Dutch ambassador, 4 pages 8vo on gilt-edged writing-paper, 'Sunday' ca 1856. Enclosing (no longer) a letter to the Queen of the Netherlands ('of whom I often think, when I am discontended with my own lot, - thinking it must be worse to be an unhappy Queen than an unhappy woman').
'... I send also the Brochure about our English Law [probably A Review of the Divorce Bill, 1856], and my personal share of knowledge of its effect as to justice. The new law has been brought before Parliament in England since the pamphlet appeared - but is still being discussed and "amended". ... Mr Bowyer says "if Moses had brought forward the ten commandments, in the house of commons, - some lawyer would have got up to oppose the second reading!" ...'Caroline Norton goes on to suggest which parts of the pamphlet the ambassador might read (without yawning) and adds the comment that:
'In my own country, I am happy to think, it has created much enthusiasm and I shall at least have rendered great service to the other women, when the laws shall be altered. ...'Finally she makes enquiries about the laws in Germany.
The image is of the fourth page only.