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Dame Ethel Mary Smyth letter

Transcription of Ethel Mary Smyth Letter


Sept 15, 1910


Dear Mrs. Pankhurst


Not because I imagine that my opinion is of value, but because I want to amend the statement I made last June when asked if I was interested in yr. cause, do I venture to write these few lines. Up to that time owing to a very busy + a very [fighting?] sort of life I have never paid much attention to the suffrage question; lately I have read + thought much about it + want to tell you that no one can be a more profoundly convinced suffragist than I.


I have always felt enormous admiration for the militants - absolutely approved of their policy + seen in it (as must, I think anyone who has read history) a supreme guarantee that the question is a real one - not a fad of visionaries but a practical need voicing itself in many ways - + among others in this way.


Still - the bigger the issue involved the less possible it is to some people to jump to conclusions about it - especially when, as has been the case with me, your own work is engrossing and very arduous.


I don't suppose, for this very reason, that I can be of much practical use. But if at anytime I could help, other things equal, I want you to know that no one wd. be more glad than


Yours very truly

Ethel M Smyth


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