New York Times: "she went to making love to the pretty girls," March 12, 1867

“woman’s rights have not attained to that degree of development”

In a report datelined London, February 27, and printed in the New York Times on March 12, 1867, a correspondent says:

Dr. Mary E. Walker has give a temperance lecture in the Fetter-lane Chapel . . , and as the medical students kept away, she got only applause and thanks and a bouquet. But another Mary Walker is likely to fare worse than our fair medica at Castle Thunder. She took it into her head a few years ago to don male attire, and engaged as a barman. Somehow the breeches seem to have put bad notions into her head, for she went to making love to the pretty girls who came after the family beer. One of them corresponded with her, and was engaged to be married to her. As making presents costs money, the feminine barman borrowed from the till, was detected, pleaded guilty, and is now waiting for her sentence. Her enamoured fiancé visited her in jail. They are not to be married at present, as woman’s rights have not attained to that degree of development."(1)



  1. Monadnock [the correspondent’s assumed name], “European News…. Affairs in England….” New York Times, March 12, 1867, p. 1, report datelined London, Febuary 27, 1867. Cited in Sharon M. Harris, Dr. Mary Walker: An American Radical, 1838-1919 (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2009), p. 94, n. 24 on p. 265.