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(1889) [MARC] Author: Mary Wollstonecraft With: Henry Morley
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wherein there was much based on the memory of her own
friendship for Fanny Blood.

The publisher of Mary Wollstonecraft’s “Thoughts on
the Education of Daughters” was the same Joseph Johnson
who in 1785 was the publisher of Cowper’s “Task.” With
her little story written and a little money saved, the resolve
to live by her pen could now be carried out. Mary
Wollstonecraft, therefore, parted from her friends at Bristol,
went to London, saw her publisher, and frankly told him
her determination. He met her with fatherly kindness,
and received her as a guest in his house while she was
making her arrangements. At Michaelmas, 1787, she
settled in a house in George Street, on the Surrey side of
Blackfriars Bridge. There she produced a little book for
children, of “Original Stories from Real Life,” and earned
by drudgery for Joseph Johnson. She translated, she
abridged, she made a volume of Selections, and she wrote
for an “Analytical Review,” which Mr. Johnson founded
in the middle of the year 1788. Among the books
translated by her was Necker “On the Importance of Religious
Opinions.” Among the books abridged by her was
Salzmann’s “Elements of Morality.” With all this hard
work she lived as sparely as she could, that she might help
her family. She supported her father. That she might enable
her sisters to earn their living as teachers, she sent one of
them to Paris, and maintained her there for two years; the
other she placed in a school near London as parlour-boarder
until she was admitted into it as a paid teacher. She placed
one brother at Woolwich to qualify for the Navy, and he
obtained a lieutenant’s commission. For another brother,
articled to an attorney whom he did not like, she obtained
a transfer of indentures; and when it became clear that his
quarrel was more with law than with the lawyers, she placed
him with a farmer before fitting him out for emigration to
America. She then sent him, so well prepared for his work
there that he prospered well. She tried even to disentangle
her father’s affairs; but the confusion in them was beyond
her powers of arrangement. Added to all this faithful work,
she took upon herself the charge of an orphan child, seven
years old, whose mother had been in the number of her
friends. That was the life of Mary Wollstonecraft, thirty
years old, in 1789, the year of the Fall of the Bastille; the

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