The Polite Lady; Or, a Course of Female Education, in a Series of Letters, from a Mother to Her Daughter

The Polite Lady; Or, a Course of Female Education, in a Series of Letters, from a Mother to Her Daughter

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1769 edition. Excerpt: ...that this kind of knowledge may have a bad effect on weak and silly minds, is that a sufficient reason for excluding our whole sex from the study of history? By the same way of reasoning, the men too might be excluded; fof, I think, it is a notorious truth, that there are more men than women spoiled by learning; and for every female pedant, it would, perhaps, be no difficult matter to produce twenty male ones. Next to the history of your own country, 1 would have you to study that of Scotland; a sufficient knowledge of which may, indeed, be easily acquired by any one that understands the history of England. For as the Scots never had, and, not being a maritime power, never could have, any very important concerns with any nation but the English, so all the most considerable transactions relating to that people may be found in the English history. You may read, however, Dr. Robertson's history of Scotland, which is a work of great merit, and is well worth your perusal. You may likewise consult Buchanan's history with regard to the more early periods of the history of that kingdom. Though there are several distinct histories of all the different nations of Europe, yet, I am afraid, it would be deemed presumptuous in one of my sex, to say which of them are the best; and, besides, I think it is better to give your studies a certain, fix'd, and determined aim, that you may not be perpetually rambling from book to book, without ever finishing any one. I would therefore advise you to read the universal history, history, or, at least, an abridgment of the universal history, ancient and modern. This, to be sure, will be a work of much time; and some labour, though, I hope, the pleasure will be more than sufficient to compensate for the labour; and as to...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236533828
  • 9781236533821