Daily Mirror – Saturday 03 June 1950
Daily Mirror Live Letters
Mrs. KING writes from Denaby near Doncaster:
So Professor Thomson says that large are less intelligent than small families. I have had twelve children of whom nine are living.
Five of them have won scholarships to the grammar school. The sixth did not win, but at fifteen became a comptometer operator.
My boy aged ten is second in his class and my little girl, aged six, could read, write and tell the time before her sixth birthday.
We Old Codgers should have thought that “Tommy” should have kept quiet. The rage in Victorian times was all for large families and among those people who were what is called the “governing classes.” The result of their intelligence does not seem to have done the country a great deal of benefit in the past.