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Day 34 of the Convention

Friday, February 21, 1868

The Convention was called to order on Friday at 10 o’clock, Mr. Pres. Cowles in the Chair.

After dealing with small matters, the suffrage question was taken up. Speeches continued all day. When the convention reconvened at 7:30 p.m., speeches continued.

On motion the Convention adjourned.

Albion Tourgee writes to his wife, Emma about the day:

February 21st Friday

I have just made my speech on suffrage and am completely exhausted. You need not do anything about sending anyone to Rockingham until you hear from me again. _____________________

Je suis fatigue


A.W. Tougee



Ferrell, Joseph, ed., Compilation of the Official Report of the Proceedings of the Convention (Chapel Hill, N.C.: unpublished manuscript 2007). (See day 8 for fuller explanation of this resource.)

Tourgée, A. W., & Chautauqua County Historical Society. (1801). Albion W. Tourgee papers, 1801-1924.


*The debate and other quotes are close to verbatim from the reported resources with some adjustment to put all comments in first person, present tense. 

Ann McColl

Ann McColl is an attorney and state constitutional scholar.