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ation, claim, in each individual cafe, to be taken into the account. Some general reflections, however, may be offered.
Į advert not yet to the occupations which flow from the duties of matrimonial life. When, to the rational employments open to all women, the entire superintendence of domestic economy is added; when parental cares and duties prefs forward to assume the high rank in a mother's breast to which they are entitled; to complain of the difficulty of finding proper methods of occupying time, would be a lamentation which nothing but politeness could preserve from being received by the auditor with a smile. But in what manner, I hear it replied, are they, who are not wives and mothers, to busy themselves ? Even at present young women in general, notwithstanding all their efforts to quicken and enliven the flowpaced hours, appear, if we may judge from their countenances and their language, not unfrequently to feel themselves unsuccessful. If dress then, and what is called diffipation,
are not to be allowed to fill fo large a space in the courfe of female life as they now overspread; and your desire to curtail them in the exercise of this branch of their eftablished prerogative is, by no means, equivocal ; how are well-bred women to fupport themfelves in the fingle state through the dismal vacuity that feems to await them? This question it may be sufficient to anfwer by another. If young and well-bred women are not accustomed, in their single ftate, regularly to affigna large proportion of their hours to ferious and instructive óccupations; what prospect, what hope is there, that, when married, they will assume habits to which they have ever been strangers, and exchange idleness and volatility for steadiness and exertion ?
To every woman, whether single or married, the habit of regularly allotting to improving books a portion of each day, and, as far as may be practicable, at stated hours, cannot be too strongly recommended, I use the term improving in a large sense ;
a's comprehending whatever writings may contribute to her virtue, her usefulness, and her innocent satisfaction, to her happiness in this world and in the next. She who believes that she is to survive in another ftate of being through eternity, and is duly impressed by the awful conviction, will fix day by day her most serious thoughts on the inheritance to which she aspires. Where her treasure is, there will her heart be also. She will not be seduced from an habitual study of the Holy Scriptures, and of other works calculated to imprint on her bosom the comparatively small importance of the pains and pleasures of this period of existence; and to fill her with that knowledge, and inspire her with those views and dispositions, which inay enable her to rejoice in the contemplation of futurity. With the time allotted to the regular perusal of the word of God, and of performances which enforce and illustrate the rules of Christian duty, no other kind of reading ought to be permitted to interfere. At other parts of the day let
history, biography, poetry, or some of the various branches of elegant and profitable knowledge, pay their tribute of instruction and amusement. But let her studies be confined within the strictest limits of puri. ty. Let whatever she peruses in her most private hours be such as she needs not to be ashamed of reading aloud to those, whose good opinion she is most anxious to deserve, Let her remember that there is an all-feeing eye, which is ever fixed upon her, even in her closest retirement,
There is one species of writings which obtains from a considerable proportion of the female sex a reception much more favourable than is accorded to other kinds of composition more worthy of encourage
It is scarcely necessary to add the name of romances. Works of this nature not unfrequently deserve the praise of ingenuity of plan and contrivance, of accurate and well-supported discrimination of character, and of force and elegance of lan
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guage. Some of them have professedly been composed with a design to favour the interests of morality. And among those which are deemed to have on the whole a moral tendency, a very few perhaps might be felected which are not liable to the disgraceful charge of being contaminated occasionally by incidents and passages unfit to be presented to the reader. This charge, however, may so very generally be alleged with justice, that even of the novels which poffess great and established reputation, some are totally improper, in consequence of such admixture,
perused by the eye of delicacy. Poor, indeed, are the services rendered to virtue by a writer, however he may boast that the object of his performance is to exhibit the vicious as infamous and unhappy, who, in tracing the progress of vice to infamy and unhappiness, introduces the reader to scenes and language adapted to wear away the quick feelings of modesty, which form at once the ornament and the safeguard of innocence; and like the bloom upon a plumb,