Working Women of the Last Half-Century; The Lesson of Their Lives

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Literary Collections - 166 pages
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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.1854 Excerpt: ... 38 Chapter III. MRS HANNAH MORE AND HER SISTERS. State or Femalk Education A Hundred Teaks Ago. -- Reasons That Give Peculiar Interest To The Life Of Hannah More And Her Sisters. -- Family Connections And Childhood. -- Assists In Hkr Sisters1 School. First Literary Work. -- Early Friendships. -- MatriMonial Disappointment. Cxlebrtty As A Wrtter. -- Increased Religious Conviction. -- Educational ReForms. -- Founds Schools. -- Her Difficulties And Triumphs. -- Blagdon Controversy. -- Cheap ReposiTory Tracts. -- Narrow Politics. -- Timidity. -- Death Of Her Sisters. -- Qlx Age. -- Ingratitude Of SerVANTS. -- Death. In the interesting fragment of autobiography prefixed to the memoir of the poet Southey, there are some curious remarks on the state of female education in the West of England, in the middle of the last century. The very poor were by no means the only class then neglected. A young girl in the middle ranks, who had not the advantage of intellectual as well as moral supervision at home, was little likely to obtain either in the ladies' schools of the time. The Governess of the principal boarding-school of Hereford, wno, for many years in conjunction with her sister, had educated the daughters of the most respectable people in that city, used to say, when speaking of a former pupil, " Her went to school to we." And of the two leading seminaries in Bristol, one was conducted by a lady of notoriously immoral life, and the other by two sisters, who, to Southey's own knowledge, spoke English in the way above quoted. Some acquaintance with a fact like this is necessary in order to appreciate the value of the educational labours of a family of sisters in Bristol, whose efforts would have deserved high commendation, even if the literar...

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