The comment comes by way of introduction to a review of Frederica Louise Plunket's Here and There in the Alps (London, 1875), and is written by an anonymous author in the 1876 volume of the Alpine Club Journal. I hope it is obvious why it struck me so much that I let out a shout of laughter apparently so alarming that my husband thought I had encountered our resident mouse:
"This pleasant little volume is, if Miss Plunkett will allow us to say so, one of the most satisfactory proofs we have yet seen of the 'Higher Education of Women.' If Cambridge is succeeding in its task as well as the Alpine Club, the other sex will in the next generation have put themselves in a position to demand the suffrage or any higher privelege they may wish for - possibly even admission amongst our noble selves."
By the by, the reviewer's prediction regarding suffrage was perhaps a little optimistic (depending on how many years one deems to be contained within a generation), but he was certainly far out in his prediction regarding 'admission amongst our noble selves'. A Ladies' Alpine Club would be established in 1907, but it would not be until 1975 that women would be admitted to the Alpine Club itself.