Alice Freeman Palmer

Alice Freeman Palmer

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...They understood her and now, with but one or two exceptions, rejoiced in her gain, regardless of their own loss. Yet to some even of them, as to many of the public, it was not at once evident why marriage should break her career and leave mine intact. Why should not I give way rather than she? Harvard is at no great distance from Wellesley. I had found my way across for injury; why not now for benefit? Many Harvard instructors live in neighboring towns. One might go to and fro each day from Wellesley. Or, better still, why not resign at Harvard and join her in the presidency? Then home and occupation would alike express our union. A friend of Wellesley offered to build us a house within the grounds there, and to raise a fund for the joint salary, though this was hardly necessary; her salary being at the time $4000 and mine but $3500, we should have been in easier circumstances at Wellesley than in Cambridge. I have stated these adverse criticisms somewhat in detail because they all seem to me important. With most of them I am in hearty sympathy; indeed I was so even then, as appears in a letter recently sent me from Mrs. Claflin's papers and printed at the close of this chapter. But though in that letter some considerations are given which might well lessen Wellesley's sense of loss, I think I had better state here more systematically the reasons which at the time we thought set us free to act as love prompted. Our problem having been recognized as a somewhat general one, the grounds of our decision may properly have some general interest. In the view of both of us Miss Freeman's work at Wellesley was already substantially done. In another six years she could accomplish little more than any creditable successor. She had set the pattern, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123656698X
  • 9781236566980