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Clara Elizabeth Collet
109 (1977), Essays in Labour History, 1918–1939, (edited by Asa Briggs and John Saville), London: Croom Helm. Other sources and references Betty Vernon (1986), Margaret Cole, 1893–1980, Croom Helm, London. Clara Elizabeth Collet (1860–1948) Clara Elizabeth Collet, British feminist, social economist and statistician, was born on 10 September 1860, the second daughter of Collet Dobson Collet and Jane Collet, née Sloan. Her father was a radical reformer, rationalist and student of the law, editor of The Diplomatic Review, and author of several books. One of his friends, the socialist reformer and labour historian Jacob Holyoake, wrote in the introduction to Collet’s History of Taxes on Knowledge that its author was an ‘unusual man … incessant in promoting public causes … with absolute disinterestedness’. Collet was also an acquaintance and occasional correspondent with Marx and Engels during the 1870s. Clara Collet’s diary mentions visits with her father to the Marxes for Shakespeare readings and in June 1878 she recorded that ‘the Marxes and the Oswalds are the only people I care for now’ (Collet, 1876–1914, pp. 12, 13, 15). Clara Collet was educated at North London Collegiate School, later did her BA at University College London (1880), and took her MA in 1885. She became University College’s ﬁrst woman Fellow in 1896. Collet (1945) recorded that her introduction to political economy was due to the fact that it was a compulsory subject for the London MA. Her economics essays were corrected by William Ashley and J.E. Symes, while...
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