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Think not that Pleasure lives with Pomp and State,
Or sooths the bosom of the rich and great;
Think not to meet her at the ball or play,
Where flirt the frolicksome, and haunt the gay;
Think not she flutters on the publick walk,
Or prompts the tongue that pours unmeaning talk ;
Or loves the breath of compliment to feel,
Or stamps on crowns her estimable seal.

True Female Pleasure, of more modest kind, Springs from the heart, and lives within the mind; From noisy mirth, and grandeur's route she flies, And in domestick duties wholly lies.

As fades the flower, that's rear'd with tender care,
When left expos'd to storms and chilling air;
So fades the fair, in reason's sober eye,

That braves the crowd, nor heeds the danger nigh;
Who giddy roves, with Folly's motley queen,
Nor loves the transports of a life serene.
Be thine the friendship of a chosen few,
To every virtue uniformly true;

Be thine the converse of some kindred mind,
Candid to all, but not to errours blind;
Prudent to check or warn unguarded youth,
And guide thy steps in innocence and truth,
Those who regard, will fulsome language waive;
And, in the friend sincere, forget the slave;
Will make, like me, your happiness its care,
Nor wink at specks, that render you less fair.

From books, too, draw much profit and delight, At early morning, and at latest night; But far, O far from thy chaste eyes remove The bloated page, that paints licentious love; That wakes the passions, but not mends the heart, And only leads to infamy and art!

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Let Addison's and Johnson's moral
And Hawkesworth's pleasing style, thy hours engage.
From Milton feel the warm poetick fire,
Whom all the nymphs of Helicon inspire.

With Thomson, round the varied Seasons rove ;
His chaste ideas every heart improve.
Let tuneful Pope instruct you how to sing,
To frame the lay, and raise the trembling wing.

Such be thy joys; and through this varied life,
Whether a maid, a mother, or a wife;
May fair content for ever fill thy breast,
And not an anxious care disturb thy rest;
May love, the purest passion of the skies,
Play round thy heart, and sparkle in thine eyes;
May all thy worth be virtue's sweet reward,
And goodness, only, claim thy just regard.

FINIS.

CONTENTS.

PART I.

LETTERS ON BUSINESS.

From a young Person in trade to a wholesale Dealer,

who had suddenly made a demand on him

From a Tradesman to a Correspondent, requesting
the payment of a sum of Money

The Answer

From a young Person just out of his Apprenticeship,
to a Relation, requesting the loan of a sum of Mo-

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An Answer to the foregoing.

From a Tradesman in distressed circumstances, de-
siring a Letter of Licence

The Answer

From an insolvent Debtor to his principal Creditor,
requesting the acceptance of a Composition

The Answer

From a young man in the Country, to a Merchant in
Philadelphia, offering his Correspondence

The Merchant's Answer

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35

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36

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The Lady's Letter to her Brother, concerning the

above

ters

On the same subject

On Courtship and Coquettish Behaviour, from the

The Brother's Answer

From the Lady to Mr. Moreton

Six Letters between a Gentleman and Lady, in Eng-
land

57 to 64

On Love and Friendship, from a Father to his Daugh-

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same

On the foregoing subject

On Marriage, from the same

On the same subject, in continuation

From a Gentleman to a Lady, professing an aversion
to tedious formality in Courtship
The Lady's Answer, encouraging a farther Declara-

To a very young Lady on her Marriage.

To the same Lady. By the same

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tion

From the Gentleman to the Lady more openly declar-
ing his Passion

The Lady in Reply, putting the matter to a sudden
issue

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From an Aunt to her Niece, who had given her a ludi-
crous account of a sober Lover
A Letter from Lady Wortley Montague, against a
Maxim of Mons. Rochefoucalt's, "That Marriages
are convenient, but never delightful"

By Dr. Swift

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81

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88

To the same Lady. By the same

From a Daughter to her Father, wherein she dutifully
expostulates against a match he had proposed to her,
with a gentleman much older than herself
From a young Person in business to a Gentleman, de-
siring leave to wait on his Daughter

98

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99

From a young Lady to her Father, acquainting him
with a Proposal of Marriage made her
The Father's Answer to the Daughter
From a young Lady's Friend to a disagreeable Suitor 100
From a Lady to a Gentleman who had obtained all her
Friends' consent, urging him to decline his suit to

her

ibid

The Gentleman's Answer to the Lady's uncommon
request

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