The Learned Lady in England, 1650-1760

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Houghton Mifflin, 1920 - Great Britain - 489 pages

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Page 197 - Learning, if she has a real taste for it, will not only make her contented, but happy in it. No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
Page 303 - I have often thought of it as one of the most barbarous customs in the world, considering us as a civilized and a Christian country, that we deny the advantages of learning to women. We reproach the sex every day with folly and impertinence, while I am confident, had they the advantages of education equal to us, they would be guilty of less than ourselves.
Page 305 - I need not enlarge on the loss the defect of education is to the sex, nor argue the benefit of the contrary practice ; it is a thing will be more easily granted than remedied. This chapter is but an essay at the thing, and I refer the practice to those happy days, if ever they shall be, when men shall be wise enough to mend it.
Page 145 - Alas! a woman that attempts the pen. Such an intruder on the rights of men. Such a presumptuous Creature, is esteem'd, The fault, can by no vertue be redeem'd.
Page 118 - I thank your ladyship for the information concerning the Methodist preachers ; their doctrines are most repulsive, and strongly tinctured with impertinence and disrespect towards their superiors in perpetually endeavouring to level all ranks and do away with all distinctions. It is monstrous to be told that you have a heart as sinful as the common wretches that crawl on the earth. This is highly offensive and insulting, and I cannot but wonder that your ladyship should relish any sentiments so much...
Page 120 - The whole story of this lady is a romance, and all she does is romantic.
Page 41 - Philosophical Letters; or, Modest Reflections Upon some Opinions in Natural Philosophy maintained by several Famous and Learned Authors of this Age, Expressed by way of Letters (essays) 1664 Observations upon Experimental Philosophy. To Which Is Added, The Description of a New World...
Page 38 - Calvinism, it can easily be demonstrated that during the second half of the sixteenth century and the first half of the seventeenth century...
Page 355 - Memoirs, containing the Lives of several Ladies of Great Britain; a History of Antiquities, Productions of Nature, and Monuments of Art; Observations on the Christian Religion, as professed by the Established Church and Dissenters of every Denomination...
Page 322 - ... that most of them had been got together, either because she had heard them praised, or because she had seen the authors of them. Among several that I examined, I very well remember these that follow : Ogleby's Virgil. Dryden's JuvenaL Cassandra. Cleopatra. Astraea. Sir Isaac Newton's Works. The Grand Cyrus ; with a pin stuck in one of the middle leaves.

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