Julia was an avid reader. I will continue to post some of the books she mentions reading.
On November 28, 1843, Julia read: The Mysteries of Paris & Gerolstein: A Sequel to the Mysteries of Paris – translated from French by Eugene Sue. Published by Harper & Brothers, New York, 1843.
On January 11, 1840, Julia read, The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving
I don’t know if Julia had read this book, but many women during the mid-19th century did. The entire book is currently posted, Hand-Book of Etiquette for Ladies.
On Tuesday, the 11th of September, 1840, Julia read, Strictures on the modern system of female education, with a view of the principles and conduct prevalent among women of rank and fortune by Hannah More, published in 1809.
Hannah More (1745-1833), was most known as a writer on moral and religious subjects. She was also a poet, playwright, educator, social reformer and a philanthropist.
For more information on Hannah More, see Hannah More: Sunday Schools, Education and Youth Work by M. K. Smith.
On Wednesday, the 28th of November, 1840, Julia read, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., commonly referred to as The Sketch Book, is a collection of 34 essays and short stories written by American author, Washington Irving. It was published serially throughout 1819 and 1820. The collection includes two of Irving’s best-known stories, attributed to the fictional Dutch historian Diedrich Knickerbocker, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.” It also marks Irving’s first use of the pseudonym “Geoffrey Crayon,” which he would continue to employ throughout his literary career. ~ Wikipedia
On January 9th, 1841, Julia read an account of Robespierre in “Scotts Bonaparte”. The formal title, The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, by Sir Walter Scott.
On February 21, 1839, Julia read Oliver Twist by “Boz”.Three years later Julia will write about the magnificent gala held in New York honoring Dickens, called the “Boz Ball”.
On February 27, 1839, Julia read “The History of Hortense: the ex-queen of Holland”. Hortense was officially called, Hortense Eugénie Cécile Bonaparte ((10 April 1783 – 5 October 1837), Queen Consort of Holland, and was the stepdaughter of Emperor Napoleon I.
On September 18th 1840, Julia read, Ten Thousand a Year, by Samuel Warren. The story chronicles the events of Tittlebat Titmouse and parallels the lives of various noted British citizens. The novel went on to become one of the most popular novels of the time in the United States as well as Europe. It is confusing that Julia read this book in 1840, when the book was officially published in October, 1841.
.On October 5, 1842, Julia purchased a copy of Salmagundi.