Friday, 7 August 2009

"Remember the ladies"

To end the week of prayers for the USA and Canada Theodore Gill shared this wonderful quote with us during prayers this morning.

From a letter of Abigail Adams to her husband John Adams
as he helped to frame the Declaration of Independence in 1776:
• Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.
• Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could.
• If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.
• It is really mortifying, sir, when a woman possessed of a common share of understanding considers the difference of education between the male and female sex, even in those families where education is attended to... Nay why should your sex wish for such a disparity in those whom they one day intend for companions and associates. Pardon me, sir, if I cannot help sometimes suspecting that this neglect arises in some measure from an ungenerous jealousy of rivals near the throne.


DR B said...

WOW, what a text. I hope that someone encourages Theo to put all the material from this week together and put it on the liturgy blog or somewhere else

Jane said...

i know the texts have been absolutely brilliant weaving in lots of stuff from vancouver as well