Sample letters

Below are a few sample letters from EE, to give you a feel for what is inside. Note that this represents only a tiny selection of the content and the supporting material inside EE, where each letter comes with links to biographies, manuscript and early edition information, annotations of all kinds . . .

John Locke to Charles Mordaunt — February/March 1690

Adam Smith to William Smith — 24 August 1740

marquise Du Châtelet to Johann Bernoulli — 15 February 1749

Laurence Sterne to David Garrick — 6 April 1765

Jean Jacques Rousseau to James Boswell — 30 May 1765

David Hume to Adam Smith — 8 February 1776

Jeremy Bentham to John Mulford — 31 May 1803


Sample lives

Below are a few sample biographical notes from EE. This represents only a tiny selection of the biographical material inside EE, where each biography comes with links to the person's correspondents and their letters, and many have further birth and death details, cross-links to other figures in EE, and links to biographies in other scholarly resources . . .

John Quincy Adams (1767–1848), American president

Charlotte Elisabeth Aïssé (1694–1733), Circassian slave and social celebrity

Hassuna D'Ghies (b. c. 1792), Libyan government minister

János Fekete, count of Galànta (1741–1803), Hungarian aristocrat

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778), Swiss author and philosopher

John Frederick Sackville, 3rd duke of Dorset (1745–1799), English courtier and cricketer

Ignatius Sancho (1729–1780), African slave, shopkeeper and author

Benjamin West (1738–1820), American painter

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