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Women Poets of the Romantic Period
Individual Item Contents: WPRP 233

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Author

West, Mrs. (Jane), 1758-1852

Title

Letters to a young lady, in which the duties and character of women are considered, chiefly with a reference to prevailing opinions

Imprint

Troy : O. Penniman and co., 1806

Call Number

WPRP 233

Physical Description:

viii, [9]-503 p. ; 22 cm

Citation

Not in Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women; multiple copies in Worldcat.

Notes

Dedication:
These letters
on the duties and character of women,
are
(by permission)
appropriately and submissively
inscribed to
The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty;
whose exalted character
enforces, by an example more powerful
than precept,
the strict performance
of every domestic, moral, and
religious duty.
With the deepest sense of the honour of
this illustrious patronage
the authors subscribes herself
her Majesty's
            most dutiful,
                                    and most gratefully
                                                devoted servant,
                                                Jane West.

 

Epigraph

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Prov. XXXI 30.

Contents

Prefatory address

v

Letter I. Introductory Sketch of the Design.

9

Letter II. Original Destination of Women.

20

Letter III. Change of Manners in the Middle Classes.

52

Letter IV. Absurdities and Licentiousness among Women of Fashion.

72

Letter V. On Religious Knowledge, and the peculiar Notions of Calvin.

117

Letter VI. Further Observations on the Calvinist Controversy.

160

Letter VII. On the Tenets of Rational Christians, or Unitarians.

194

Letter VIII. On the Duty of Studying the Scriptures, and on Religious Conformity.

232

Letter IX. On the Virtues more especially feminine.

269

Letter X. On Female Employments and Studies.

307

Letter XI. On Conversation, Society, and Friendship.

343

Letter XII. On Celibacy, Love, and Marriage.

373

Letter XIII. On the Duty of Mothers.

406

Letter XIV. On our Duty to Servants and Inferiors.

442

Letter XV. On the Duties of declining Life and old Age.

465