Selections from Eliza Leslie by Eliza Leslie, Etta M. Madden

By Eliza Leslie, Etta M. Madden

Best recognized for her culinary and family courses and the award-winning brief tale “Mrs. Washington Potts,” Eliza Leslie merits a way more popular position in modern literary discussions of the 19th century. Her writing, recognized for its openly moralistic and didactic tones—though usually awarded with wit and humor—also presents modern readers with a nuanced viewpoint for knowing the range between American girls in Leslie’s time.

Leslie’s writing serves as a statement on gender beliefs and consumerism; offers advanced structures of racial, nationwide, and class-based identities; and reviews literary genres akin to the Gothic romance and the affection letter. those criticisms are uncovered throughout the juxtaposition of her fiction and nonfiction instructive texts, which variety from classes on literary behavior to needlework; from recipes for American and French culinary dishes to trip sketches; from songs to academic video games. Demonstrating the complexity of decisions on hand to girls on the time, this quantity allows readers to work out how Leslie’s rhetoric and viewers wisdom facilitated her skill to attract a wide swath of the nineteenth-century examining public.

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Israel was married at the appointed time, and took possession of the house near the saw-mill. He prospered; and in a few years was able to buy a farm of his own, and to build a stone house on it. Dinah turned out extremely well, and the Warner family still talk of the night when she was discovered in the cart of the travelling tin-man. 19 Mrs. Washington Potts Bromley Cheston, an officer in the United States navy, had just returned from a three years’ cruize in the Mediterranean. His ship came into New York; and after he had spent a week with a sister that was married in Boston, he could not resist his inclination to pay a visit to his maternal aunt, who had resided since her widowhood at one of the small towns on the banks of the Delaware.

Does thee think we ought to let him take her off? orphy. No, indeed! I think I could feel free to fight for her myself—that is, if fighting was not forbidden by Friends. Yonder’s Israel coming to turn the cows into the clover-field. Little girl, lay quiet and don’t offer to show thyself. Israel now advanced—“Well, girls,” said he, “what’s thee doing at the tin-man’s cart? Not meddling among his tins, I hope? Oh! ” The girls then lifted up the corner of the cart cover, and displayed the little negro girl, crouched upon the bag of feathers— a part of his merchandize which the Yankee had not thought it expedient to produce, after hearing Mrs.

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