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Two letters from Alexandra Wright to Karl Pearson, 1907

UCL SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, PEARSON/11/1/22/112, FF.5–11

These two letters are from women’s suffrage supporter Alexandra Wright to her friend Karl Pearson, then Professor of Applied Statistics at UCL. The first describes a disturbance at a meeting of the North Kensington and Paddington committee of the Central Society for Women’s Suffrage by male medical students from UCL and other London medical schools. Wright describes how they came armed with sticks, fireworks and foul-smelling chemicals, and disrupted the meeting by singing and playing musical instruments. They then broke out into fights, intimidating other attendees and vandalising the hall.

In Wright’s second letter she reports that she recognised one of the ringleaders when she visited UCL, and wished that there could be a more reasoned debate between the two sides.

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