Excerpt from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects
Sir, - Having read with great pleasure a pamphlet which you have lately published, I dedicate this volume to you; to induce you to reconsider the subject, and maturely weigh what I have advanced respecting the rights of woman and national education: and I call with the firm tone of humanity; for my arguments, sir, are dictated by a dis-interested spirit - I plead for my sex - not for myself. Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue - and independence I will ever secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath.
It is then an affection for the whole human race that makes my pen dart rapidly along to support what I believe to be the cause of virtue; and the same motive leads me earnestly to wish to see woman placed in a station in which she would advance, instead of retarding, the progress of those glorious principles that give a substance to morality. My opinion, indeed, respecting the rights and duties of woman, seems to flow so naturally from these simple principles, that I think it scarcely possible, but that some of the enlarge minds who formed your admirable constitution will coincide with me.
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