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Record 7016

Reading Experience:

'In Dublin, she complained that she was not reading a great deal, but in the same breath remarked that books provided her only relaxation. She must have at least browsed in the volume of Cowper's poems and another of sermons by her friend John Hewlett which Johnson sent her. She told Everina at one point that she was reading "some philosophical lectures, and metaphysical sermons - for my own private improvement". These works could well have included the writings of Dr Price. The only writer in this field whom she singled out for comment, however, was the orthodox William Paley, whose "Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy" she commended to Eliza for its definition of virtue: "the doing good to mankind in obedience to the will of God, and for the sake of everlasting happiness".'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1786 and 31 Dec 1787
Country: Ireland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Dublin
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Mary Wollstonecraft
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 27 Apr 1759
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: governess, then writer
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Ireland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Cowper
Title: n/a
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned
sent by friend Joseph Johnson


Source Information:

Record ID: 7016  
Source - Print  
  Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
  Editor: Ralph M. Wardle
  Title: Collected Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft
  Place of Publication: New York
  Date of Publication: 1979
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 33
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Mary Wollstonecraft, Ralph M. Wardle (ed.), Collected Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft (New York, 1979), p. 33,, accessed: 23 August 2019

Additional comments:

evidence from Wardle's intro.



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