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Review in Gentleman's Magazine of Letter to the Women of England, on the Injustice of Mental Subordination; with Anecdotes by Anne Frances Randall (April 1799)

IN the general confusion of ideas, religious, moral, and political, we are not surprized to find claims set up for the female sex, unsupported we must say by prescription, but we are justified in saying by reason. Mrs. R. avows herself of the school of Wollstonecroft [sic]; and that is enough for all who have any regard to decency, order, or prudence, to avoid her company. She has travelled for her improvement; and what are the blessed fruits of her travels? Let the motley list of heroines subjoined to this letter, and the anecdotes of female characters, of all descriptions, interspersed in it, speak for themselves.

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Editorial note on this review: This review is taken from the April 1799 issue of Gentleman's Magazine, page 311. On the preceeding page (310), the journal also attacks Mary Hays's Appeal to the Men of Great Britain in Behalf of Women (1798).

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May 1998

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