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Women and War: V2

British Women and War, 1660–1835, 1st Edition

Edited by David Sigler


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This is an seven-volume collection of primary texts, each selected and introduced by experts, reproducing in facsimile a wealth of materials related to the history of women and warfare in the English-speaking world. The editors are historians and literary scholars with a wealth of publications in women’s writing and war literature. The project focuses, for most of its historical range, on England (and Britain); it also includes volumes on the United States, Australia, and Canada. The collection documents women’s historical and literary participation in, and commentary on, war. It represents the first attempt to examine the variety of roles women have played in war, and as critics and commentators on war, across all of history into the twentieth century. The project makes a unique and powerful claim about the long history of women’s involvement in war in the English-speaking world

Table of Contents

Volume II: British Women and War, 1660–1835

Edited by David Sigler



Part 1. Fiction

1. Delariviere Manley, extract from Secret Memoirs and Manners of Several Persons of Quality of Both Sexes. From the New Atlantis, an Island in the Mediterranean,vol. 1 (originally published 1709; text excerpted from 6th ed., London: John Morphew, 1720), pp. 55–64.

2. Eliza Haywood, extract from Anti-Pamela, or, Feign’d Innocence Detected; in a Series of Syrena’s Adventures,vol. 1 (London: J. Huggonson, 1741), pp. 26–46.

3. Sarah Fielding, The History of Ophelia (London: R. Baldwin, 1760), pp. 250–260.

4. Hannah More, ‘The Servant Man Turned Solider; or, The Fair Weather Christian. A Parable’, in Cheap Repository Tracts; Entertaining, Moral and Religious (London: F. and C. Rivington, 1798), pp. 407–421.

5. Jane West, The Loyalists, An Historical Novel, vol. 1(London: Longman, 1812), pp. 319–364.

6. Charlotte Caroline Richardson, The Soldier’s Child, or Virtue Triumphant: A Novel, vol. 2(London: Robinson, 1821), pp. 122–134.


Part 2. Poetry

7. Anna Kingsmill Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, ‘Mercury and the Elephant’, ‘The Petition for an Absolute Retreat’, and ‘Enquiry After Peace’, in Miscellany Poems, on Several Occasions (London: John Barber, 1713), pp. 1–4, 33–49, 154–156.

8. Mary Masters, ‘On the Peace’, in Familiar Letters and Poems on Several Occasions (London: D. Henry and R. Cave, 1755), pp. 208–209.

9. Jane Cave, ‘On the First General-Fast after the Commencement of the Late War’, in Poems on Various Subjects, Entertaining, Elegiac, and Religious (Winchester: J. Sadler, 1783), pp. 111–114.

10. Helen Maria Williams, ‘An Ode on the Peace’, (London: T. Cadell, 1783), pp. 3–20.

11. Anna Seward, ‘Ode on General Elliott’s Return from Gibraltar’, (London: T. Cadell, 1787), pp. 1-11.

12. Elizabeth Moody, ‘Anna’s Complaint, or, the Miseries of War’, in The Scots Magazine, or General Repository of Literature, History and Politics, vol. 57, 1795, p. 314.

13. Charlotte Smith, ‘The Female Exile’, in Elegiac Sonnets and Other Poems, 2nd ed., Vol. II, (London: T. Cadell, 1797), pp. 37-38.

14. Ann Yearsley, ‘Anarchy: A Sonnet’ and ‘Peace’, in Universal Magazine 98, May 1796, p. 360.

15. Mrs Moodie, ‘Thoughts on War and Peace’, in The Scots Magazine, or, General Repository of Literature, History and Politics, vol. 61, 1799, pp. 50-51.

16. Mrs Uvedale, ‘On the Illumination on Account of the Peace between Great Britain and France’, The Gentleman’s Magazine and Historical Chronicle, vol. 90, November 1801, p. 1028.

17. Helen Maria Williams, ‘Ode to Peace’, The Morning Chronicle, November 17, 1801, pp. 1–3.

18. Amelia Opie, ‘Lines Written at Norwich on the First News of Peace’, in Poems by Mrs. Opie, 3rd ed. (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1804), pp. 71–76.

19. Charlotte Smith, ‘Beachy Head’, in Beachy Head and Other Poems (London: J. Johnson, 1809), pp. 8–12.

20. ‘The Spanish Mother’, in The Gentleman’s Magazine and Historical Chronicle for the Year (Select Poetry for May 1809), p. 453.

21. Mary Russell Mitford, ‘Portugal: An Ode’, The Gentleman’s Magazine and Historical Chronicle, vol. 81 (1811), p. 567.

22. Mary Russell Mitford, ‘The Pen and the Sword’, The Spirit of the Public Journals, vol. 14, 1811, pp. 169–172.

23. Mary Russell Mitford, ‘Napoleon’s Dream’, in The Laurel: Fugitive Poetry of the XIXth Century (London: John Sharpe, 1830), pp. 159–163.

24. Marie, ‘Address to a Warrior’, The Poetical Magazine, IV, 1811, pp. 338–339.

25. Felicia Dorothea Browne (Felicia Hemans), ‘War Song of the Spanish Patriots’, ‘War and Peace—A Poem’ and ‘To My Eldest Brother With the British Army in Portugal’, in The Domestic Affections and Other Poems (London: T. Cadell, 1812), pp. 39–41, 89–121, 145–147.

26. Anna Laetitia Barbauld, ‘Eighteen Hundred and Eleven’, in The Works of Anna Laetitia Barbauld (London: Longman, 1825), pp. 232–250.

27. Anne Grant, extract from Eighteen Hundred and Thirteen: A Poem, In Two Parts (Edinburgh: James Ballantyne, 1813), pp. 22–26.

28. ‘A Dirge, to the Memory of the Dead at Waterloo’, in The Gentleman’s Magazine and Historical Chronicle from July 1815, vol. LXXXV, 1815, p. 159.

29. Felicia Hemans, ‘The Soldier’s Death-Bed’, ‘Casabianca’ and ‘England’s Dead’, in The Works of Mrs. Hemans, With a Memoir of Her Life, 7 vols. (Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1840), vol. 5, pp. 76-77, vol. 4, pp. 168–69, vol. 5, pp. 132–134.


Part 3. Essays and life writing

30. Mary Astell, ‘To the Worthy Doctor D’Avenant’, in Moderation Truly Stated, or, A Review of a Late Pamphlet, entitled Moderation a Vertue (London: Rich, Wilkin, 1704), pp. i–xix.

31. Sarah Fielding, extract from The Lives of Cleopatra and Octavio (London: Andrew Millar, 1757), pp. 143–150.

32. Catherine Upton, The Siege of Gibraltar, from the Twelfth of April to the Twenty-seventh of May,1781 (London: J. Fielding, 1781), pp. 1–23.

33. Mary Wollstonecraft, extract from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (London: J. Johnson, 1792). pp. 40–44.

34. Anne Frances Randall, extract from A Letter to the Women of England, on the Injustice of Mental Subordination, with Anecdotes (London: Longman, 1799), pp. 43–53.

35. M. De Rocca, extract from Memoirs of the War of the French in Spain, translated from the French by Maria Graham, 2nd ed. (London: John Murray, 1816), pp. 362-384.

36. Jane Waldie Watts, extract from Narrative of a Residence in Belgium During the Campaign of 1815; and of a Visit to the Field of Waterloo (London: C. Roworth, 1817), pp. 20-66.

37. Mary Shelly, extract from History of a Six Weeks’ Tour through a Part of France, Switzerland, Germany and Holland, with Letters Descriptive of a Sail Round the Lake of Geneva, and of the Glaciers of Chamouni (London: T. Hookham, 1817), pp. 11-19.

38. Mary Ann Ashford extract from Life of a Licenced Victualler’s Daughter, Written By Herself (London: Sanders and Otley, 1844), pp. 70-91.

Part 4. Drama

39. Aphra Behn, The Dutch Lover, A Comedy, Act 2, Scene 3-5 (London: Thomas Dring, 1673), pp. 22–26.

40. Aphra Behn, Romulus and Hersilia, or The Sabine War. A Tragedy, Act 1 Scenes 1–2(London: D. Brown, 1683), pp. 1–9.

41. Susanna Centlivre, The Beau’s Duel, or A Soldier for the Ladies. A Comedy, as it is Acted at the New Theatre in Lincolns-Inn-Fields, by Her Majesties Servants, Act IV (London: D. Brown, 1702), pp. 53–66.

42. Mariana Starke, The Sword of Peace, or, A Voyage of Love, a Comedy in Five Acts, Act II (Dublin: Booksellers, 1788), pp. 21–28.

43. Joanna Baillie, Constantine Paleologus, or, The Last of the Caesars: A Tragedy in Five Acts, Act I(1804), from Miscellaneous Plays (London: Longman, 1805), pp. 281–299.

Part 5. Female soldiers

44. Daniel Defoe, extract from The Life and Adventures of Mrs. Christian Davies, Commonly Called Mother Ross (London: C. Welch, 1740), pp. 253–262.

45. Anon, extract from The Female Soldier, or, The Surprising Adventures of Hannah Snell (London: R. Walker, 1750), pp. 20–28, 40–47.

46. Mary Anne Talbot, extract from The Life and Surprising Adventures of Mary Ann Talbot, in the Name of John Taylor, a Natural Daughter of the Late Earl Talbot (London: S. Kirby, 1809), pp. 5–38.

About the Editor

David Sigler is Associate Professor of English at the University of Calgary. He is a scholar of British Romanticism, British women’s writing, and the long eighteenth century, as well as literary theory.

About the Series

History of Feminism

The History of Feminism series aims to make key archival source material available to scholars, researchers, postgraduates and undergraduates working in the fields of women and gender studies, women's history and women's writing. Subject matter and texts are selected for their decisive contribution to the feminist history of ideas in an international context.

Sets are published in hardback format of between three to six volumes and include full-length documents, pamphlets, reviews, newspaper articles and debates, letters, and fiction. The first set, Sex, Social Purity and Sarah Grand (edited by Ann Heilmann and Stephanie Forward), is concerned with the most prominent British New Woman writer and her contemporary critical reception.

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HISTORY / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies