James Fordyce

Standard Name: Fordyce, James


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Family and Intimate relationships Lady Anne Barnard
Lady Anne's sister Margaret (later Burges) made a reluctant marriage to Alexander Fordyce (brother to the preacher and author Dr James Fordyce ) when she was eighteen. He had been born in Aberdeen but found...
Family and Intimate relationships Isabella Kelly
IK was related to two other writers: James Fordyce (her uncle) and Elizabeth Isabella Spence , a cousin.
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder.
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Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Isabella Spence
EIS 's uncles, her mother's brothers, included David Fordyce , an academic and early Scottish Enlightenment figure (who died before she was born), Rev Dr James Fordyce , author of the notorious Sermons to Young...
Friends, Associates Anna Letitia Barbauld
Her close friends at this period included Mary and Joseph Priestley and a number of young women of her own age. She was particularly attracted by a pair of sisters who got themselves barred from...
Friends, Associates Helena Wells
In London HW associated with many literary characters,sensible men and women. She mentions Dr James Fordyce as my worthy and much revered friend.
Wells, Helena. Letters on Subjects of Importance to the Happiness of Young Females. L. Peacock; W. Creech.
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Intertextuality and Influence Barbara Hofland
The title-page quotes from Fordyce 's sermons for young ladies. The pattern heroine, Louisa Franklin, demonstrates her goodness early in the story by reading Elizabeth Pinchard 's The Blind Child. She weathers her mother's...
Literary responses Catharine Macaulay
This reflective, original work had an important influence on Mary Wollstonecraft . Wollstonecraft wrote the notice of it in the Analytical Review, calling the author the woman of the greatest abilities . ....
Literary responses Elizabeth Isabella Spence
The Critical Review, having learned that the author was the niece of James Fordyce , pronounced that her morality was as irreproachable as would be expected from the relationship.
Garside, Peter et al., editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press.
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Textual Features Anna Letitia Barbauld
ALB draws on Hannah More , her niece Lucy Aikin , and (anonymously) Joanna Baillie . She is even-handed in that she includes six excerpts from James Fordyce 's Sermons to Young Women, a...
Textual Features Sarah Green
The tone of the work is conservative, leavened with an intelligent concern for development of independent thinking. Topics of various letters include Conduct and Conversation, Forbearance, Chastity, Truth, Employment of Time...
Textual Features Isabella Kelly
IK tells with decorous energy the story of a remarkable woman. Henrietta Fordyce (née Cummyng), whom IK had known well in her youth, was brought up with Lady Anne Barnard .
IK gives a rather...
Textual Features Tabitha Tenney
Choice of women writers is fairly generous, with excerpts from Hester Mulso Chapone , John Aikin and Anna Letitia Barbauld (Evenings at Home), Susanna Haswell Rowson , Elizabeth Carter , Hester Thrale ,...
Textual Features Helena Wells
HW says she has more respect for the upper classes than some of our modern reformists.
Wells, Helena. Letters on Subjects of Importance to the Happiness of Young Females. L. Peacock; W. Creech.
She recommends reading poetry and history, not novels: Novel reading tends to enervate the mind. We rise from...
Textual Production Isabella Kelly
IK published, anonymously, Memoir of the late Mrs. Henrietta Fordyce , relict of James Fordyce D.D..
British Library Catalogue. http://explore.bl.uk/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?dscnt=0&tab=local_tab&dstmp=1489778087340&vid=BLVU1&mode=Basic&fromLo.
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Elizabeth Isabella Spence
The title-page quotes Burns and Scott . The preface remarks that books based on female impressions of national manners and moral character have succeeded in the past.
Spence, Elizabeth Isabella. Sketches of the Present Manners, Customs, and Scenery of Scotland. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown.
prelims iv
The book is again made up...


25 May 1760: Dr James Fordyce, a minister in the Church...

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25 May 1760

Dr James Fordyce , a minister in the Church of Scotland , preached a sermon which, as published, made him famous: The Folly, Infamy, and Misery of Unlawful Pleasure.

By June 1766: James Fordyce anonymously printed his Sermons...

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By June 1766

James Fordyce anonymously printed his Sermons to Young Women. It went through ninety-five British reprints by 1850, plus half as many again in the USA.

By March 1776: James Fordyce, in The Character and Conduct...

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By March 1776

James Fordyce , in The Character and Conduct of the Female Sex, used women's virtue and status as an index of civilized society, but denounced learned women.


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