Oxford Electronic Enlightenment










Electronic Enlightenment provides access to over 79,000 letters and documents with more than 10,000 correspondents in a collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century.


  • Cross-search letters from writers, scientists, philosophers, politicians, political thinkers and others, including Addison, Bentham, Boswell, Boyle, Catherine the Great, Mme du Châtelet, Defoe, Descartes, Ferguson, Flamsteed, Frederick the Great, Gustavus III, Halley, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Locke, Muratori, Newton, Pendleton, Pope, Price, Richardson, Rousseau, Smith, Steele, Sterne, Swift, Mrs Thrale, and Voltaire
  • Explore correspondence of the First Federal Congress of the USA and the British Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Gain online access to over 79,000 letters from leading scholarly and university presses; including California, Cambridge, Delaware, Duke, Edinburgh, Georgia, Johns Hopkins, Meiner, Norstedts, Olschki, Oxford, Pickering & Chatto, Royal Historical Society, Toronto, Virginia Historical Society, and the Voltaire Foundation
  • Explore original language editions – includes letters in French, German and Italian as well as English
  • Get updated twice a year with further critical editions, including previously unpublished correspondence
  • Cross-search over 200,000 scholarly annotations
  • Enjoy access to expanding network of external links to other online resources – from Chambers' Cyclopaedia to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


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