Anthony expresses her support for co-education. She opposed educating male and female students separately because she saw that the education offered to the male sex was superior to that offered to females. As a proponent of co-education and critic of gender segregated classrooms, Anthony writes this letter to Greek scholar E. M. Tomlinson who had apparently asked for her "History of Woman Suffrage," "Vol. IV cloth." Anthony thinks she had, "presented the first three volumes to Mrs. [Abigail] Allen twenty years ago...." She asks if Tomlinson has "a set of my Life and Work," explaining why he should own the books: "you ought to have it so every student could find it on your shelves when he comes to the inevitable moment of writing a composition on the question of woman's rights...." She addresses co-education vs. same sex education in relation to Alfred University and the University of Chicago. "Alfred was one of the first places that I visited in 1852 and I have watched your institution with a great deal of interest ever since...I do not suppose the question of segregating the sexes has ever been thought of in your college. It is pitiful to see how Chicago University with Dr. Harper at its head is setting an example of segregation. Did you notice that instead of increasing the number of young men of the city and from the East he is 700 short of as many as he has last year? I should think that would be a lesson to him; but none are so bling [likely a typo for blind] as those who will not see, so I suppose he will not charge the lessening of the number of students to his invidious action with regard to women...." She signs, "Susan B. Anthony." A strong ending to a fine letter on women's education. Several words in the section criticizing sex segregated classrooms at Chicago are underlined with ink similar to the ink she used in her signature. It is possible Anthony, herself underscored these words.
Alfred University founded in 1836 in Alfred, NY, was co-ed from its beginning. Anthony refers to Abigail Allen whom she met when she lectured at Alfred in 1870. Allen supported women's rights causes as did her husband Jonathan Allen, Alfred University's second president. Anthony also mentions her trip in 1852 to her first women's rights convention in Syracuse, NY. Anthony's correspondent, Edward Mulford Tomlinson (1842-1910), was a professor of Greek at Alfred University and a University Trustee. Alfred, New York, is a town located less than 100 miles from Rochester, where Anthony and the National America Woman Suffrage Association were based.Anthony also refers to the University of Chicago’s first president, William Rainey Harper (1856–1906).