This edition of Charlotte Temple, taken from the original 1794 American edition, comprises over 80% of contextual and critical excerpts, essays, &c.
Some of the included works, other than the title one, are:
- Benjamin Franklin's letter, titled "Advice to a Friend Upon Choosing a Mistress"
- Mary Wollstonecrafts introduction to A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
- Judith Sargent Murray's 1784 essay "Desultory Thoughts upon the Utility of Encouraging a Degree of Self Complacency, Especially in Female Bosoms" and an excerpt from her 1790 essay "On the Equality of the Sexes"
- Several other essays, poems, excerpts regarding women in the late 18th century
- Essays and letters regarding reading as a pastime and the effect of reading novels, both contemporary to Charlotte Temple and of modern scholarship
- Essays and excerpts regarding sentimentalism, including historical and modern:
- an excerpt from the Preface to Clarissa
- Thomas Jefferson's "Head and Heart Letter"
- Excerpts of other writings by Susanna Rowson:
- chapter VI of Charlotte Temple from the 1st British edition
- Prefaces and excerpts from Mentoria; or, the Young Lady's Friend; Trials of the Human Heart; Reuban and Rachel; or, Tales of Old Times; The Fille de Chambre and others
- Songs, poems, drama, and writing meant for school oratory
- Critical writings include reviews from the early editions of the novel and modern critical writings
Of over 500 pages, 90 are devoted to the title text, while 320 are given to "Contexts" and 90 more contain critical writings. Also included in this work are a lengthy introduction, illustrations and maps, a chronology of Rowson, and a selected bibliography.