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Greene, Letter: John M. Greene to Sophia Smith, 7 January 1868

 

Mr. Greene informs Sophia Smith of the Massachusetts legislature's intention to grant a charter to John Clarke's institution for the deaf, and urges her, therefore, to return to the idea of founding a woman's college -- an idea which, he now believes, is finally ready to be carried out: "The subject of women's education, women's rights and privileges, is to be the next great step to progress in our State." On February 12, Sophia Smith requested him to draw up plans for a women's college which would form a codicil to her will.