I Would Save Her, If I
Could, From Working At The Oven; I Would Give To Her Bread And Meat
Earned by her father's care and her brother's sweat; but when she
has received these good things, I would have
Her proud of the one
and by no means ashamed of the other.
Let women say what they will of their rights, or men who think
themselves generous say what they will for them, the question has
all been settled both for them and for us men by a higher power.
They are the nursing mothers of mankind, and in that law their fate
is written with all its joys and all its privileges. It is for men
to make those joys as lasting and those privileges as perfect as
may be. That women should have their rights no man will deny. To
my thinking, neither increase of work nor increase of political
influence are among them. The best right a woman has is the right
to a husband, and that is the right to which I would recommend
every young woman here and in the States to turn her best
attention. On the whole, I think that my doctrine will be more
acceptable than that of Mrs. Dall or Mr. Wendell Phillips.
The one matter in which, as far as my judgment goes, the people of
the United States have excelled us Englishmen, so as to justify
them in taking to themselves praise which we cannot take to
ourselves or refuse to them, is the matter of Education.
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