Books recommended by Jefferson for a system of female education.

Nathaniel Burwell wrote Jefferson on February 17, 1818 requesting Jefferson to recommend a system of female education that is "adapted to the present state of our society" and "compatible with the pecuniary circumstances of females, that will enable them to acquire a liberal and accomplished education." Burwell asked that a catalogue of books deemed proper to compose a female library accompany the plan if Jefferson was willing to oblige his request. Jefferson responded in a letter from Monticello on March 14, 1818 discussing his views on such a plan (which he wrote was a subject "on which I have not thought much" nor has it been "a subject of systematic contemplation" for him).

In an enclosure, Jefferson listed the following books:

Les voyages d'Anacharsis
Gillies's history of Greece. 4. v. 8 vo .
Gillies's history of the world. 3. v. 8 vo .
Livy. Eng.
Sallust. Eng. by Gordon. 12 mo .
Gibbon's Decline of Rome 12. v. 8 vo .
Tacitus. Eng. by Murphy.
Suetonius. Eng. by Thompson. 8 vo .
Plutarch's lives.
Lempriere's universal biography. 2. v. 8 vo .
Histoire ancienne de Milot. 4. v. 12 mo .
Histoire de France de Milot.
Russel's Modern Europe. 5. v. 8 vo .
Robertson's Charles V.
Memoires de Sully. 8. v. 12 mo .
Vie de Henri IV. par Perefixe. 12 mo .
Louis XIV. et XV. de Voltaire
Histoire generale de Voltaire.
Baxter's hist. of England.
Robertson's history of Scotland. 2. v. 8 vo .
Robertson's history of America.
Botta's hist. of American Independance
Burke's & Girardin's hist. of Virginia 4. v. 8 vo .
Joyce's Scientific dialogues 3. v. 16 s .
Histoire naturel de Buffon.
Tully's offices. Eng.
Seneque par La Grange. 6. v. 8 vo .
Morale et bonheur. 2. v. miniature.
Stanhope's Charron on wisdom. 8 vo .
Oeconomy of human life. 12 mo .
Sterne's, Sherlock's & Allison's sermons.
Sermons de Masillon et Bourdaloue.
The Spectator, Tatler, Guardian.
Pike's Arithmetic. 8 vo .
Pinkerton's Geography. 8 vo .
Whateley on pleasure gardening. 8 vo .
Pope's Iliad & Odyssey.
Dryden's Virgil.
Milton's Paradise lost.
Shakespeare's plays.
Dryden's tragedies.
Moliere. Racine. Corneille.
Don Quichotte. Fr.
Gil Blas.
Contes Nouveaux de Marmontel.
Voyages de Campe. 20. vol s. 16 s .
the Pleasing preceptor from the German of Vieth .
Pope's works.
Thomson's seasons.
Lowthe's Eng. grammar.
Walker's pronouncing dictionary.
Dufief's Fr. & Eng. dictionary.
Dufief's Nature displayed. 2. v. 8 vo .

Evenings at home by mrs Barbauld.
Miss Edgeworth's works. they are all good.
Lettres sur l'education
by Madame Genlis.
Veillées du Chateau
Theatre d'education.
Theatre de societé
Godwin's Caleb Williams

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