TALENT IS NOT HEREDITARY.—It is no part of the plan of the universe to make nature or talent hereditary. The education of circumstances supersedes that of system, unlooked for influences disturb the natural action of the parent’s character on that of the child; and all who have made even a few observations of this sort must feel that, here as elsewhere, planting and watering had best be done for duty or love’s sake, without any sanguine hopes as to the increase. From mistaken notions of freedom, or an ill-directed fondness for experimentalising, the son is often seen to disregard the precepts or example of his father; and it is a matter of surprise if the scion is found to bear fruit of a similar, not to say equal flavor, with the parent tree. How opposed all this is to our natural wishes and expectations (i.e. to our ideal of a state of perfection) is evident from the pleasure we feel when family relations preserve their harmony, and the father becomes to the son a master and a model—a reverend teacher and a favourite study.—Margaret Fuller.
“Talent is not Hereditary.” Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury (UK), 21 Aug. 1847, p. 6.