Seventy-seven letters from an upper-class English woman to her paramour offer a window in to a courtship that, the editor argues, are marked by the intelligence of the writer and her insistence of being treated as an intellectual equal. Explanatory notes and an introduction discussing the importance of the letters for understanding gender politics in 17th century England accompany the letters. Appendices present letters from after the marriage, genealogies, and other contextual information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Introduction; Dorothy Osborne and William Temple; The letters; Publication history: an editorial note; The Letters: Appendices; Surviving letters written during the marriage; William Temple's letter from Ireland; Genealogies; Sequencing of the letters; The Physick Well at Barnet; Litigation between William and Dorothy Temple and Sir Henry Osborne, Kt.; Notes; Bibliography; Index.