Excerpt from The Album, Vol. 2: November-February, 1823
IT is very common for minds of ordinary calibre to con found social and natural institutions - that is, to regard regulations of society, which have almost immemorially existed, as established laws and principles of nature. In this country, for instance, where inheritance by primo geniture has so long obtained, there are many who look on it as the natural and only mode of succession - and, though some, who have the misfortune of a later birth, may wistfully think the last Egyptian inﬂiction - which converted universally younger brothers into elder ones a blessing rather than a plague, yet even these have their minds so imbued with long-standing usage, that the contrary example of many surrounding nations is scarcely suﬂicient to convince them of the possibility of any other practice. The actual condition of women in society seems to such persons still more naturally fixed, - t'or it has, more or less, prevailed in all countries.
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