This letter first appeared in the 'Shetland News' on 29 June
The image has been provided courtesy of Shetland Museum and
Sir - As a believer in the movement for the political
enfranchisement of women, I thinkin the criticisms that have been
levelled at the Suffragists in the 'News' lately are a bit hard.
Most of these criticisms have been from the standpoint that because
suffragists here do not make a great noise, hold meetings, 'preach
the gospel' in outlying places, and so on they are doing nothing.
Has your critic ever heard the saying 'that still waters run deep'?
It is rarely those who make the most noise who do the most work; it
is usually the other way about. It is in my personal knowledge that
the local suffragists have been doing a lot of quiet, but very
effective work. They have distributed literature; they have in many
unobtrusive ways brought their views before others and have
succeeded in securing many supporters. They have held public
meetings, and are arranging to hold another soon.
I subscribe entirely to the dignified and straightforward letter
from the Secretary of the local Society which appeared last week.
The Suffragists have many difficulties to contend with in a
scattered place like Shetland; but I am convinced these
difficulties will eventually be overcome, and that they will emerge
triumphant from the fight at not distant date. I am etc.