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as written "with honest
and pure intent and pu
rpose," and recommended
to working men the exp
osition of the law of p
opulation. His enemies
took hold of this recom
mendation, declared tha
t he shared the author'
s views on the imperman
ence of the marriage ti
e, and, despite his rei
terated contradictions,
they used extracts aga
inst marriage from the
book as containing his
views. Anything more me
anly vile it would be d
ifficult to conceive, b
ut such were the weapon
s used against him all
his life, and used ofte
n by men whose own live
Annie Besant
An Autobiography by Besant, Annie Wood, 1847-1933