It is really mortifying, sir, when a woman possessed of a common share of understanding considers the difference of education between the male and female sex, even in those families where education is attended to... Nay why should your sex wish for such a disparity in those whom they one day intend for companions and associates. Pardon me, sir, if I cannot help sometimes suspecting that this neglect arises in some measure from an ungenerous jealousy of rivals near the throne.

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Original Citation

Adams, Abigail. Letter to John Thaxter. 15 Feb. 1778.

Current Citation

Adams, Abigail. "Letter to John Thaxter, 1778." The Adams Papers: The Adams Family Correspondence Volumes 1 & 2, edited by L. H. Butterfield. Anthenum, 1965.