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THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.1
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.2
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.3
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.4
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.5
THE CONQUEST OF THE VENEREAL DISEASES-8.6
FOOTNOTES
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.1
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.2
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.3
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.4
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.5
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.6
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.7
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.8
SEXUAL MORALITY-9.9
MARRIAGE-10.1
MARRIAGE-10.2
MARRIAGE-10.3
MARRIAGE-10.4
MARRIAGE-10.5
MARRIAGE-10.6
MARRIAGE-10.7
MARRIAGE-10.8
MARRIAGE-10.9
MARRIAGE-10.10
MARRIAGE-10.11
MARRIAGE-10.12
FOOTNOTES
THE ART OF LOVE-11.1
THE ART OF LOVE-11.2
THE ART OF LOVE-11.3
THE ART OF LOVE-11.4
THE ART OF LOVE-11.5
THE ART OF LOVE-11.6
THE ART OF LOVE-11.7
THE ART OF LOVE-11.8
THE ART OF LOVE-11.9
THE ART OF LOVE-11.10
THE ART OF LOVE-11.11
FOOTNOTES
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.1
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.2
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.3
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.4
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.5
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.6
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.7
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.8
THE SCIENCE OF PROCREATION-12.9
FOOTNOTES
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course recommended will, I am fully persuaded, at some period be pursued 

by the people even if left to themselves."[431] 

 

It was not long before Place's prophetic words began to be realized, and 

in another half century the movement was affecting the birthrate of all 

civilized lands, though it can scarcely yet be said that justice has been 

done to the pioneers who promoted it in the face of much persecution from 

the ignorant and superstitious public whom they sought to benefit. In 

1831, Robert Dale Owen, the son of Robert Owen, published his _Moral 

Physiology_, setting forth the methods of preventing conception. A little 

later the brothers George and Charles Drysdale (born 1825 and 1829), two 

ardent and unwearying philanthropists, devoted much of their energy to the 

propagation of Neo-Malthusian principles. George Drysdale, in 1854, 

published his _Elements of Social Science_, which during many years had 

an enormous circulation all over Europe in eight different languages. It 

was by no means in every respect a scientific or sound work, but it 

certainly had great influence, and it came into the hands of many who 

never saw any other work on sexual topics. Although the Neo-Malthusian 

propagandists of those days often met with much obloquy, their cause was 

triumphantly vindicated in 1876, when Charles Bradlaugh and Mrs. Besant, 

having been prosecuted for disseminating Neo-Malthusian pamphlets, the 

charge was dismissed, the Lord Chief Justice declaring that so ill-advised 

and injudicious a charge had probably never before been made in a court of 

justice. This trial, even by its mere publicity and apart from its issue, 

gave an enormous impetus to the Neo-Malthusian movement. It is well known 

that the steady decline in the English birthrate begun in 1877, the year 

following the trial. There could be no more brilliant illustration of the 

fact, that what used to be called "the instruments of Providence" are 

indeed unconscious instruments in bringing about great ends which they 

themselves were far from either intending or desiring. 

 

 

 

 


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