In Her Own Right: The Life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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APPENDIX C

Phrenological Character of Mrs Elizabeth C. Stanton,
Given at Seneca Falls by E. S. Stark, January 10, 1853 *

Mrs. Elizabeth Stanton

You have a predominance of the vital and mental temperaments with a full degree of the motive but the last is not sustaining in its influence, the vital having the ascendancy and not being abused. Your life principle is ample and health perfect; few persons have a better organization for longevity. You derive the tone of your mind and constitution from your mother hence partake of the nature of the Livingston family rather than that of your father. You have a plump round form fair complexion and amiable expression.

Your brain is above the common size, large at the base, occipital and frontal regions. Some faculties are quite large, while others are inferior in strength and influence.

All the social faculties are large with large combativeness, destructiveness, alimentiveness, firmness, Benev[olent] Construc[tiveness]; and several of the intellectual organs. You are characterized for the following traits.

First, are warm hearted, capable of enjoying the society of your friends much are greatly attached to your kin and find it especially difficult to give up those whom you have once loved, enjoy the society of the gentlemen, are not cold hearted toward them and under favorable circumstances are ready to respond to the expressions of sympathy and affection from them, are better adapted to the business and subjects of conversation peculiar to men than those of women, are capable of enjoying the connubial relation in a high degree, are very fond of children, well qualified to sympathize with them in their helplessness. Attachment to place is also strong. You are fond of home and its associations, still would enjoy traveling by way of gratifying the other faculties.

You lack continuity of mind and close application to some things, find it difficult to attend to details either in business or in thought; prefer to have your mind occupied with things that are extensive and comprehensive in their nature. Your

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Holograph copy, EC5-VC. Considering that ECS was not yet widely known, this descrip-tion quite accurately predicts her mature personality and political style.

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