‘Be even cautious in displaying your good sense. It will be thought you assume a superiority over the rest of the company. But if you happen to have any learning, keep it a profound secret, especially from the men, who / generally look with a jealous and malignant eye on a woman of great parts and a cultivated understanding.’
Dr Gregory, A Father’s Legacy to His Daughters (1777), London: John Sharpe, 1822, pp.28-9.
He was trying to be helpful!!