RIGHTS OF WOMEN.
Much having been said of late respecting Female Reformers, the following
authorities will prove that female rights have been greatly infringed: -
Lady PACKINGTON returned two members to Parliament. - Brady on
Burroughs, 35 ap.
By a collection of HACKWELL's in the case of Catherine v. SURREY, the
opinion of the Judge was, that an unmarried woman having a freehold might vote
for members of Parliament.
A woman may be an Overseer of the Poor - for this we have a recent
authority. See the King v. STUBBS, 2 Term Rep. 395.
A woman was appointed Governess of the house of Correction at
Chelmsford, by order in Court . 0 2 Ld. Raym 1014.
In the Mirror of Justices, a woman is said to have been a Justice of
In the last chapter of the Romans, verse1, one Phoebe is called the
servant of the Church, and held some ecclesiastical office.
Deaconesses are mentioned in ancient Councils, when baptism was by
Lady BROUGHTON was keeper of the Gatehouse Prison.
The minister of Clerkenwell was chosen by a majority of women. - Geo
Women may be guardians, administrators, executors, and can executors,
and can execute powers of attorney.
Women have held by military tenures. - Blount's Termes, 47.
In Pegu, 215, there is a grant of a Castle to a Lady.
The office of Champion at the Coronation of George I. was in a Woman.
The office of Clerk of the Crown in the King's Bench was granted to a
woman.- Show, P. C.
The office of High Constable has been borne by a woman. Dyer, 285.
The law allows women to be Queens: Her Majesty Queen Caroline was left
Regent and Guardian of this Realm.
The celebrated Ann Countess of Pembroke, Dorset, and Montgomery, held
the hereditary office of Sheriff of Westmoreland, and exercised it in person
at the Assizes at Appleby, and sat on the Bench with the Judges. Co. Litt. in
Women are Patrons of Churches: they have Donatives, and there are as
Ordinaries; they are capable of impropriations, which are circa sacra, and they
are regarded in law as Parsons; many nunneries had them before the
Reformation. Women, in necessity, have been allowed to baptize. - 7 mod. Rep. 270 (12
Geo II) where almost all of the above authorities are acknowledged.
In an old edition of the Testament, in the year 1574 a Woman is called
a Minister of the Church. And it is notorious, that Quakers allow women to