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the advantages, the duty of neatness: train, her in corresponding habits : teach her by precept, and whenever occasion offers itself, by example, the disgusting effects of deviating from them. : Attach her thus to the proprieties without tempting her to the vanities of dress ; secure the decencies of her person without ensnaring her mind.

Beauty is a possession so grateful to every woman, and yet so productive of hazards and temptations, that if a young person is thrown into life with her original wishes and opinions on that subject uncorrected, her instructors will have been negligent of their charge in a very important point. To. remind her from time to time of the transitory and precarious duration of personal attractions; to remind her, that elegance of form and brilliancy of complexion are accidental gifts of Nature, bestowed without regard to intrinsic excellence in the poffeffor; to teach her, that they who are admired chieflyon those accounts are either uuworthy

couraging its opposite. The eagerness of men, ever desirous to obtain its end, or a part of its end, in the quickest manner, and aware how far the rapid influence of the passions outstrips the laborious operations of argument, is at all times, and on every subject, prone to combat error by rousing and cherishing emotions which lead to the con-trary extreme. But the result of this mode of attack, whether it be directed against false opinions which infest religion and politics, or against those which prevail in the humbler concerns of private life, is always to be dreaded. Either the mind is confirmed in its errors by perceiving the weakness of the means employed to expel them; or, yielding blindly to the new impression, abandons its original misconceptions only to become a prey to opposite illusions. Whatever be the enemy to be subdued, let him be assail. ed with justifiable weapons. Whatever be the poison imbibed, let it be encountered with its specific antidote.

The danger which you fear, is it that your daughter may prove a llattern ? Impress her with

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the advantages, the duty, of neatness : çrain her in corresponding habits : teach her by precept, and whenever occasion offers itself, by example, the disgusting effects of deviating from them. Attach her thus to the proprieties without tempting her to the vanities of dress; secure the decencies of her person without ensnaring her mind.

Beauty is a possession so grateful to every woman,

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yet so productive of hazards and temptations, that if a young person is thrown into life with her original wishes and opinions on that subject uncorrected, her instructors will have been negligent of their charge in a very important point. To. remind her from time to time of the transitory and precarious duration of personal attractions; to remind her, that elegance of form and brilliancy of complexion are accidental gifts of Nature, bestowed without regard to intrinsic excellence in the poffeffor; to teach her, that they who are admired chieflyon those accounts are either uuworthy

cording to the answers which they receive concerning the number of servants kept in the house, the magnificence of their liveries, the number of courses habitually served up at table, the number of routs given at the town residence in winter, the extent of the gardens and of the park at the family manfion in the country, the intercourse maintained with nobility and people of fashion, and the connection subsisting with the fordid occupations and degrading profits of trade. When daughters are educated at home, the fame passions reveal themselves ; but being encountered by the superior attention which may there be paid to a girl's dispositions, and wanting the encouragement which they would have derived in the school from example and from the exercise afforded to them by a continual fupply of fresh materials to work upon, they are more easily subdued. Both in public and in private education let them meet with that vigilant and determined opposition, without which

they they will enslave the heart, and render the character a detestable compound of haugh, tiness, malevolence, and insensibility.

In treating of Education, I have not yet adverted to the care of health. In the case of children who do not labour under

any particular weakness of frame, the concern which education has with health confifts not so much in positive endeavours to promote, as in cautiously forbearing to injure it; not so much in devising means to assist Nature in establishing a strong conftitution, as in securing full scope for the benefit of her spontaneous exertions. Debility and disease require peculiar attentions. And universally, the plan of instruction ought to be so arranged as not to clash with the acquisition or the preservation of a blessing which, whether comfort or utility be considered, claims a place among the foremost attainable on earth. So intimate is the connection, so general the sympathy, between the body and the mind, that the vigour of

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