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TIIAT the subseq
a tender Father
in the writer of the
The Editor is encou to the public, by the
TVIAT tlie subsequent Letters were written by 1 a tender Father, in a declining state of health, for the instruction of his Daughters, and not in. tended for the Public, is a circumstance which will recommend them to every one who considers them in the light of admonition and advice. In such domestic intercourse, no sacrifices are made io prejudices, to customs, or to fashionable opinions. Paternal love, paternal care, speak their genuine scatiments, undisguised and unrestraiued. A father's zeal for his daughters' improvement, in whatever can make a woman amiable, with a father's quick apprehension of the dangers that too often arise, even from the attainment of that very point, suggest his admonitions, and render him attentive to a thou. Band little graces and little decorums, which would escape the nicest moralist who should undertake the subject on uninterested speculation. Every faculty is on the alarm, wlien the objects of such tend affection are concerned.
in the writer of these Letters paternal tenderness and vigilance were doubled, as lie was at the time sole parent; death having before deprived thie. young ladies of their excellent mother. His own precarious state of health inspired him with the inust tender solicitude for their future welfare; and though he might have concluded, that the im. pression made by his instruction and uniform exarple could never be effaced from the memory of his ciuildren, yet his anxiety for their orpinan condition suggested to him this method of continuing to them those advantages.
The Editor is encouraged to offer this Treatise to the Public, by the very favourable reception
sich the rest of his Father's works have met with.
e Comparative View of the State of Man and her Animals, and the Essay on the Office and aties of a Physician, have been very generally ed; and, if he is not deceived by the partiality of - friends, he has reason to believe they have met th general approbation. In some of those tracts, the Author's object was ' improve the taste and understanding of his der; in others, to mend his heart; in others, to nt out to him the proper use of philosophy, by wing its application to the duties of common . In all his writings his chief view was the good his fellow-creatures; and as those among his nds, in whose taste and judgment he most con. -d, think the publication of this small work will tribute to that general design, and at the same e do honour to his memory, the Editor can no ger hesitate to comply with their advice iu comnicating it to the Public.
- My dear Girls, VOU had the misfo
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My dear Girls, you had the misfortune to be deprived of your
I mother, at a time of life when you were insensible of your loss, and could receive little benefit, either from her instruction, or her example.-Be. fore this comes to your hands, you will likewise have lost your father.
I have had many melancholy reflections on the forlora and helpless situation you must be in, if it should please God to remove me from you, before you arrive at that period of life, when you will be able to think and act for yourselves. Lknow inan. kind too well. I know their falschood, their dissi. pation, their coldness to all the duties of friendship aud humanity. I know the little attention paid to helpless infancy. You will meet with few friends disinterested enough to do you.goodl offices, when you are incapable of making them any return, by contributing to their interest or their pleasure, or even to the gratification of their vanity.
I have been supported under the gloom naturally arising from these reflections, by a reliance on the goodness of that Providence which has hitherto pro. I shall not repea subject; and shall I have giveu of you society, there arises peculiar to your se of female mappers my sentiments, with rules of conduct, by equally bound.
While I explaint which I think will happiness, I shall, at point out those virtu render you most res the eyes of my owas
rved you, and given me the most pleasing pro. act of the goodness of your dispositions; and by
secret hope that your mother's virtues will en. l a blessing on her children. The anxiety I have for your happiness has made e resolve to throw together my sentiments relating
your future conduct in life.--If I live for some Ers, you will receive them with much greater ad.
tage, suited to your different geniuses and dis. sitions: if I die sooner, you must receive them this very iinperfect manner,—the last proof of - affection. You will remember your father's fonduess, when haps every other circumstance relating to hini is gotten. This remembrance, I hope, will induco 1 to give a serious attention to the advices I am v going to leave with you. I can request this ention with the greater confidence, as my sentiits on the most interesting points that regard
and manners, were entirely correspondent to r motler's, whose judgement and taste I trusted hı inore than my own. ou must expect that the advices which I shall - you will be very imperfect, as there are many Cless delicacies, in female manners, of whichi ? but a woman cau judge.--You will have one intage by attending to what I am going to leave - you; you will lear, at least for once in your E, the genuine seutiments of a man who has no rest in flattering or deceiving you.-shall w my reflections together without any studied r, and shall only, to avoid confusion, range - under a few general heitds. Du will see, in a little Treatise of mine, just shed, in what an honourable point of view ! considered your sex: notas domestic drudges, e slaves of our pleasures, but as our companions quals; as designed to soften our hearts and our manners; and, as Thomson finely says,
To raise the virtues, animate the bliss,