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The Glory of Woman: Prescriptive Literature, 1800 - 1809
- Carter, Susannah. The Frugal Housewife: or, complete woman cook. Philadelphia: Matthew Carey, 1802.
This collection of 500 “approved receipts” also contains information on “the best methods of potting, collaring, preserving, drying, candying, pickling, and making domestic wines.”
- Fénelon, François de Salignac de La Mothe-. Fénelon's Treatise on the Education of Daughters. Albany: Backus and Whiting, 1806.
A re-issue of the 1688 French work, with an introduction and commentary from the American publishers.
- Gillet, Robert. The Pleasures of Reason: or, the hundred thoughts of a sensible young lady. Boston: T. Wells, 1809.
A collection of character-forming proverbs: “To do readily what we ought to do, when we ought to do it, and as we ought to do it, are the characteristics of wise and happy minds.”
- The Lady’s Pocket Library. Philadelphia: Printed for and published by Mathew Carey, 1809.
An anthology containing “Miss More’s Essays,” “Dr. Gregory’s Legacy to his Daughters,” “Rudiments of Taste,” “Mrs. Chapone’s Letter on the Government of the Temper,” “Swift’s Letter to a Young Lady Newly Married,” and “Moore’s Fables for the Female Sex.”
- Miller, Robert. Short Advices to Young Women on the Subject of Courtship. Nottingham: Printed and sold by H. Barnett, R. Miller, 1809.
Practical advice for young women on maintaining virtue during courtship: “A bold woman who lends her eyes to any that will gaze at them, is always in danger when in the company of men.”
- More, Hannah. Hints Towards Forming the Character of a Young Princess. London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1805.
More offers guidance regarding “the Education of the Princess Charlotte of Wales,” suggesting formal lessons in British and world history, Christianity, government, and personal character.
- More, Hannah. Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education… Boston: Printed for Joseph Bumstead, 1802.
“[Women’s] knowledge is not often, like the learning of men, to be reproduced in some literary composition, and never in any learned profession; but it is to come out in conduct. It is to be exhibited in life and manners.”
- Peirce, Charles. The Portsmouth Miscellany, or Lady's Library Improved. Portsmouth, N.H.: Peirce, Hill and Peirce, 1804.
An anthology of “valuable…pieces on different topics, the greater part of which is from the pen of distinguished female writers…”.
- Strong, Nathan. The Character of a Virtuous and Good Woman. Hartford: Hudson and Goodwin, 1809.
Strong describes the qualities of a Christian wife and mother, declaring that “the virtuous woman hath the natural softness of her sex to aid her hand and tongue in discharging the duties of beneficence.”
The Lady's Pocket Library