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“A Lady Proposes to Read A Course of Lectures, on Language, Eloquence, Poetry, Taste and Criticism, By Subscription.” (April 2, 1787)

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“A Lady’s” Lecture Series Advertisement
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In this advertisement, published in Philadelphia’s Independent Gazetteer on April 2, 1787, Elizabeth “Eliza” Harriot Barons O’Connor describes her lecture series. This was the first of 140 notices for her lecture series that ran in Philadelphia newspapers. At the time, it was unheard of for a woman to lecture in front of a mixed-gender audience in a university hall. She gave three lectures, beginning April 17, in College Hall, at what was then the University of the State of Pennsylvania, which would become the University of Pennsylvania in 1791.

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In the first lecture she designs to explain the origin, progress, perfection and beauties of the English language, illustrating every observation by selections from the most celebrated writers, ancient and modern, on this subject.

If it is universally agreed, that, example should unite with precept, in order to form a judicious and correct reader, she humbly hopes, that the liberal patrons of polite science, in the city of Philadelphia, will cherish a proposal subservient, in some degree, to the acquisition of an accomplishment, ornamental and interesting to the opulent classes of every community.

Terms.

Every subscriber is to pay one dollar for a ticket, which will admit the holders to five Lectures.

The tickets is not transferable. As soon as fifty tickets are sold the first lecture will be read.

Tickets may be had from Messrs. Prichard and Spotswood, in Market and Front-streets.

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APA Citation:
Gazetteer, The Independent. “A Lady Proposes to Read A Course of Lectures, on Language, Eloquence, Poetry, Taste and Criticism, By Subscription.” (April 2, 1787). (2023, July 25). In Encyclopedia Virginia. https://encyclopediavirginia.org/primary-documents/a-lady-proposes-to-read-a-course-of-lectures-on-language-eloquence-poetry-taste-and-criticism-by-subscription-april-2-1787.
MLA Citation:
Gazetteer, The Independent. "“A Lady Proposes to Read A Course of Lectures, on Language, Eloquence, Poetry, Taste and Criticism, By Subscription.” (April 2, 1787)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (25 Jul. 2023). Web. 12 Apr. 2024
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