Jefferson in Washington Domesticating Manners in the Republican Court FREDRIKA J. TEUTE A ND D AVID S . SHIELDS Sir, THAT women greatly inﬂuence the habits and manners of men the history of most civilized nations, as well as our own experience, will sufﬁciently prove; nay that they often give impressions which continue during life, the observations of every unprejudiced observer will equally substantiate—It will not be denied that an inter- course with our sex polishes the manners, and gives a delicacy to the minds of men; if such is their inﬂuence, I am not wrong in supposing that they are capable, and very often give a cast to our political complexion—The superior light in which you have been accustomed to view yourselves, may make this opinion of difﬁcult admis- sion; but on reﬂection it will be found, that the secret power which we have over you, enables us to fashion you lords of the creation as we please—It is scarcely necessary to resort to times past to prove my position; the history of France will furnish ample testimony in my favour, not only that women have fashioned, but that they have actually governed men. Perhaps the cause of
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Apr 29, 2015
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