Autograph Letter Signed ‘Julia Ward Howe’, to Miss E.M.Chase, regretting that she can not meet at the Unity Club on October 19th because “that date should find me in Grand Rapids Mich. at the preliminary conference of the Congress annually held by the Association for the Advancement of Women”. 1½ pages 8 x 5 inches, in ink, in good condition, minor traces of mounting on the blank verso of the second leaf. Oak Glen, Newport, 15 September 1891. Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), poet and reformer, leader in women’s suffrage and peace movements, author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic (1861). In 1881, Howe was elected president of the Association for the Advancement of Women.