Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Mr. Emerson” in chapter 1 of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men:
...r so that the two sexes have been habitually addressed together. The phrase women and men, or its more common form, ladies and gentlemen, or that other form, gentlemen and ladies, which the late Mr. Emerson habitually used, is a comparatively modern thing. Before the advent of Christianity we should not expect to find it used, and accordingly the great orations of ancient times were addressed to men o...
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