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"Fashion: A Vision" by Anna Laetitia Aikin

April, 2000
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from A Legacy for Young Ladies, Consisting of Miscellaneous Pieces, in Prose and Verse, By the Late Mrs. Barbauld (Boston, 1826)


A Note on the Essay

"Fashion: A Vision" was included in a collection of posthumous essays edited by Barbauld's niece Lucy Aikin. In her preface Aikin notes that "These pieces were found among her papers by the members of her own family.

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"On a Lady's Writing" Poem Web, page 3

April, 2000
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On a Lady's Writing


Diderot Ecrire 9 Tomkins

In the eighteenth century the dominance of England's mercant

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Note, A Note on Unitarianism

April, 2000
Unitarianism

Anna Barbauld was raised in the religious and intellectual tradition of Presbyterian Dissent, in which Unitarianism developed. Unitarians, or Socinians (from the name of the Italian religious thinker Faustus Sozzini), are known for their rejection of the notion of the Trinity in favour of a single-person Deity. A creed whose origins come from seventeenth-century Europe, in the eighteenth century the two distinguishing features of the English Unitarians were their belief in a Divine Creator from an argument from Design and the fact that they did not subscribe to the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Anglican Establishment.

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Note, A Note on Copy Books

April, 2000
A Note on Copy Books



Copy books of handwriting came into being as the printing press made scribes turned their activities to serving as writing masters. Instead of being defeated by the new techology, the printing press was used a a way to distribute their works. The first such book was Ludovico degli Arrighi's La Operina (1522). The advent of copperplate engraving meant that copybooks could take an elaborate form.

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