My essay, Votes for Women  which is a 6d. pamphlet of the League [i.e. the Women’s National Anti-Suffrage League]  states the truth  that the bar to political rights for women rests in the noble, emotional, and personal way in which average women decide difficult problems of State without sufficient balance of judgment. I trust I may not live to see it  but one day women will ruin the Empire.

Frederic Harrison to Lady Dorothy Nevill, letter of April 7, 1912, quoted in: The Life and Letters of Lady Dorothy Nevill, ed. Ralph Nevill, London 1909, p. 247-249.

(The essay referred to may be read here).


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