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derisive term originally applied to certain 18th-century women with pronounced literary interests. During the 1750s, Elizabeth Vesey held evening parties, at which the entertainment consisted of conversation on literary subjects. Eminent men of the day were invited to contribute to these conversations. Hannah MoreMore, Hannah,
1745–1833, English author and social reformer. She was educated, and later taught, at her sisters' school for girls in Bristol. At the age of 22 she became engaged to William Turner, a wealthy squire 20 years older than she; he never married her, but settled
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, Elizabeth MontaguMontagu, Elizabeth (Robinson),
1720–1800, English author, one of the bluestockings. She was noted for her wit and beauty, and her London literary salon was frequented by Johnson, Walpole, Burke, and other eminent men.
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, and Elizabeth CarterCarter, Elizabeth,
1717–1806, English poet and translator. Under the pen name Eliza she contributed for years to the Gentleman's Magazine. One of the group of 18th-century women known as the bluestockings, she was a friend of Johnson, Burke, Reynolds, and Horace
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, among others, continued this tradition. Boswell, in his Life of Dr. Johnson, states that these "bluestocking clubs" were so named because of Benjamin Stillingfleet, who attended in unconventional blue worsted stockings rather than the customary black silk stockings. In time the name bluestocking was applied solely to women of pedantic literary tastes.
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Campbell, "The Rise of the Higher Education of Women Movement in Glasgow," in Book of the Jubilee: In Commemoration of the Ninth Jubilee of the University of Glasgow, 1451-1901 (Glasgow, 1901), 129; see also Geyer-Kordesch and Ferguson, Blue Stockings, Black Gowns, White Coats, 11, 37; and Frances Melville, "Presentation Address," on the occasion of the first award of the Frances Melville Medal in Philosophy on the final closure of the College, November 1935, p.
10) Glasgow Association for the Higher Education of Women, inaugural meeting, Glasgow News, 4 April 1877, DC 233/1/1/2 GUA; see also Geyer-Kordesch and Ferguson, Blue Stockings, Black Gowns, White Coats, 32; Cynthia Eagle Russett, Sexual Science: The Victorian Construction of Womanhood (Cambridge, Mass.
When he did not go to meetings, people would remark: 'We can do nothing without the blue stockings.
Because of their new stockings the team would now be known as the Brown Stockings, though their home field was still referred to as Blue Stocking Park.
For instance, the Blue Stockings of Chicago coupled their "peculiar" brand of play with their natty outfits.
and knocked out the Blue Stocking 'nigs' of that city.
The said Apprentice is about 5ft 4ins, black eyes, dark brown hair, had on a brown Coat, yellow fancy waistcoat, high coloured Breeches and blue stockings.
Thus they were referred to as the Olympics, although locally they were known as the Blue Stockings.
1) Walker caught for the Toledo Blue Stockings, a team that was promoted to Major League status when it joined the American Association in 1883, and was the last African American to play Major League baseball until 1947.
His hair appears straighter in his 1883 photo with the Toledo Blue Stockings than in his 1881 Oberlin team picture.