Letter from D.P. Thompson to May Wright Sewall.

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THOMPSON, D. P. MAR 27, 1893

March 27h 1893

May Wright Sewell

Chairman of a Committee on a Worlds Congress of Representative Women

Dear Madam-

Your communication of a late date is just received at this Legation in regard to the appointment of delegates by the Ottoman Government to a Congress of Representative Women - Auxilary to the Worlds Columbian Exposition to meet in Chicago.

In reply [?] to say your communication will be presented to the "Sublime Porte" asking the appointment of such delegates - but as you are doubtless aware the Ottoman Government would be slow to act in a matter so foriegn to every tenet of Ottoman faith - as to send women delegates abroad as representatives when such rights are denied all women here at home in Turkey. The matter will however be presented to the Porte and the appointment of delegates asked for - but I feel sure with but little hope of

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success - women have as you are doubtless aware have but few rights guaranteed to them by law that their husbands are in any every bound to respect—and to expect a govenment to so far depart from its traditional faith and teachings as to send women as delegates to a congress, the object of which is the recognition of her rights [man?] equality of her rights before the law at least with man is more than I have any hope of securing but I will present your communication and ask the delegates to be appointed.

I am very truly

Your obt. servant

D. P. Thompson M.S. Minister

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