Talking points

With thousands of correspondents, tens of thousands of documents and hundreds of thousands of scholarly annotations, Electronic Enlightenment provides an extraordinarily rich collection of documents, in which you may find yourself engaged in discussions on vulcanism, horticulture, bread-making, political controversy or remedies for kidney stones from across the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries.

Here in Talking points, we offer some examples of the fascinating and profound range topics you will find in this resource. The 70,057 letters and documents in EE cover virtually every conceivable topic area, including:

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...and simply the weird & wonderful

...we have all expected you here at Easter, as you were used to do. — Your Muster-Roll of Meat is good, but, of Drink in sup Port able. Yew wann twine. My stress Alba via hath eaten here all your hung Beef, and said it was very good. I am now come to the noli me Tan Jerry, which begg Inns wyth mad Dam — So So I will go on by the Strength of my own Wit upon Points of the high est imp or taunts.....(Jonathan Swift to Rev. Thomas Sheridan, 20 April 1737)

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