To Gilbert Imlay, who, in the end, was not very good to her

Sent from Paris, evening, 23 September 1794

I have been playing and laughing with the little girl so long, that I cannot take up my pen to address you without emotion. Pressing her to my bosom, she looked so like you (entre nous, your best looks, for I do not admire your commercial face), every nerve seemed to vibrate to the touch, and I began to think that there was something in the assertion of man and wife being one — for you seemed to pervade my whole frame, quickening the beat of my heart, and lending me the sympathetic tears you excited.

Have I anything more to say to you? No; not for the present — the rest is all flown away; and indulging tenderness for you, I cannot now complain of some people here, who have ruffled my temper for two or three days past.

–Mary Wollstonecraft, mother of Mary Shelley, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women

Letter published in Love Letters of Great Women, many copies of which await you in our fireplace room

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One response to “To Gilbert Imlay, who, in the end, was not very good to her

  1. Julie von Zerneck

    That letter feels like it was written yesterday.

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