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Noriginal work of mine could possibly have beca
so deserving of Your Majesty's attention, as this Collection of other men's labours undoubtedly is. Our Infancy is indebted to that Sex of which Your Majesty is the highest Ornament, for the first principles of Religious Education; and as one of the main objects of VOL.I.
this publication is—the preserving Youth from Infidelity-I cannot do the Public a greater service than by requesting Your Majesty to give it your protection.
The interests of civil Society require that we should pay deference to persons of Rank, even though they happen not to be persons of Merit. But this is a limited and constrained deference; it is paid with reluctance; and is both in kind and extent wholly unlike that which all good Citizens are ambitious of Thewing to Your Majesty. My character has hitherto, I trust, never been esteemed that of a Flatterer ; nor do I fear the imputation of it, in saying, That to Your Majesty's Rank alone I would not have given even this mark, worthless as it may seem, of
Veneration and Respect.
I verily believe Your Majesty to be one of the best Wives, and one of the best Mothers, in England. The Time is approaching, -distant may it be! when the recollection of the example which You have shewn to Women of every Rank, in these great points of female Duty (the greatest on which Women of the highest Rank ought to build their worth of character), will give Your Majesty far more comfort than I can possibly describe ; but not more than I, in conjunction with
Thoufands Thousands in every part of the Kingdom, heartily wish and pray Your Majesty may at all times, and especially at that time, enjoy.
With the greatest and most fincere Respect,
Most obedient Servant,
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This Book deserves to be generally known; it has been for some
and the Second at Amfterdam, much about the fame Time that they