In the collection of the Sargent House Museum. Photo by Les Bartlett

“I would calmly ask, is it reasonable, that a candidate for immortality, for the joys of heaven, an intelligent being, who is to spend an eternity in contemplating the works of Deity, should at present be so degraded, as to be allowed no other ideas, than those suggested by the mechanism of a pudding, or the sewing (of) the seams of a garment?... Are we deficient in reason? We can only reason from what we know, and if opportunity of acquiring knowledge hath been denied us, the inferiority of our sex cannot fairly be deduced from thence.”

Judith Sargent Murray “On the Equality of the Sexes” — 1790

Judith Sargent Murray, a writer and philosopher, was an early published champion of women’s equality in the New Republic. She married Reverend John Murray, pastor of the first Universalist church in America. This high-style Georgian house was built by her first husband, Captain John Stevens in 1782. The house is open seasonally and contains noted family portraits and decorative arts.
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