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[63] history, and especially including a somewhat elaborate essay on ‘female studies,’ on which, perhaps, Judge Potter founded his prohibition of the classics. Mrs. Barbauld lays down the rule that ‘the learned languages, the Greek especially, require a great deal more time than a young woman can conveniently spare. To the Latin,’ she adds, ‘there is not an equal objection . . . and it will not,’ she thinks, ‘in the present state of things, excite either a smile or a stare in fashionable company.’ But she afterwards says, ‘French you are not only permitted to learn, but you are laid under the same necessity of acquiring it as your brother is of acquiring the Latin.’ Mrs. Barbauld's demands, however, are not extravagant, as she thinks that ‘a young person who reads French with ease, who is so well grounded as to write it grammatically, and has what I should call a good English pronunciation will by a short residence in France gain fluency and the accent.’ This ‘good English pronunciation’ of French is still not unfamiliar to those acquainted with Anglicized or Americanized regions of Paris.

Among the maturer books of Mary Potter was Worcester's ‘Elements of History,’ then and now a clear and useful manual of its kind, and a little book called ‘The Literary Gem’

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