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Letter 13579

Kennard, C. A. to Darwin, C. R.

26 Dec 1881

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    The author of a paper on the inferiority of women has cited CD's Origin as her authority. CK wishes to know if she has satisfactorily represented CD's views.


Mr. Darwin

Dear Sir.

I a paper recently read before a company of women in Boston, ground
was taken of the inferiority of women; past, present and future; based
upon scientific principles: as concisely reported in the newspaper
extract enclosed.

In reply to opposing arguments in the discussion following the
paper, the Author stated her scientific Authority
to be Mr. Darwin, in his ""Origin of Species"".
As a believer in continued scientific discoveries and revelations
answering and modfying, ultimately, all material questions; and as an
admirer of your cautious and candid methods of conveying great results
of learning and investigations to the world, I take the liberty to
inquire whether the Author of the paper rightly inferred her arguments
from your work: or if so, whether you are of the same mind now, as
to possibilities for women, judging from her organization &c

If a mistake has been made the great weight of your opinion and authority
should be righted, to which, I take it for granted, you would not object.

Excuse the liberty I take of addressing you and the hope of a reply
in enclosed envelope.

I am yours with expressions of great esteem | Caroline A. Kennard.

Brookline | Dec. 26. 1881.

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