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MADAM,

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

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

my

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.

I am,

MADAM,

With the greatest and most fincere Respect,

Your MAJESTY's

Most obedient Servant,

RICHARD LANDAFF.

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C Ο Ν Τ Ε Ν Τ S

FIRST VOLUME.

This Book deserves to be generally known; it has been for some
Years out of Print, and much sought after by the Clergy: I thought I
should do them an acceptable Service in making it a part of this Col-
lection,

These two Volumes were published in French, the First in London,

and the Second at Amfterdam, much about the fame Time that they
made their Appearance in English. They were spoken of with Respect
in the Arta Eruditorum for 1688; were translated into German at Nu-
renberg in 1702: and have been always held in great Repute for the
Plainness and Erudition with which they are written. The Author was
a French Refugee of distinguished Learning and Integrity; the Reader
will meet with a good Account of his Life and Writings in the Biogra-
phia Britannica.

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