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eminent in the walk of literature and of life." The promise comes down to us without abatement. Thirty years additional age upon these treasures has proved only, that, like good wine, they improve the longer they are preserved.

Pains have been taken in the present compilation to counteract, by selections from modern pens, such reflections on the character of the female sex, and such allusions to the state of society, as are local, and which the improvements of time and the elevation of mental culture have rendered incorrect and unjust. Flanked, therefore, by such respectable and tried authority, the editor confidently echoes the hope of the original compiler, that he may both "contribute to the improvement and felicity" of the married, and lead such as are eking out their pilgrimage in single blessedness, in the most sure and profitable way of doubling it.

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In order to increase the worth of the volume, the publisher was induced to offer two prizes of forty dollars each for the best original essays on topics connected with the design of the work. The proposal called forth a large number of able competitors. The successful articles will be found in their places; in addition to which, the compiler gratefully acknowledges the receipt of four valuable original essays, which, together with the prize writings, both enrich and Americanize the volume, and he trusts render it worthy of the extensive patronage he anticipates.

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contrast between the state of matrimony and that of celibacy 13 Prize essay, by Stephen Congar—religion and virtue necessary to constitute happiness in the marriage union.................... 21 Original essay—are not religion and virtue essentially necessary to constitute a real marriage union ? and can there be happiness where such union does not exist.”—Miss Lucy Hooper..................................................................... 25 Original essay—matrimony and celibacy contrasted............. 33 Original essay—on domestic happiness............................... 43 Comparative estimate of the two sexes considered, or the female sex vindicated—Melmoth Editor............................. ...... 48 On the nature and end of marriage, and the means by which that end is to be obtained—Johnson............................... 56 Personal beauty produced by moral sentiment—Hawksworth. 62 The ladies directed in the choice of a husband—good nature described—Hawksworth.............................................. 67 Directions to ladies for their conduct to a husband–Hawks. worth ...................................................................... 73 Of love—characters of various lovers—Connoisseur.... 78 On match-making—of match-makers by profession—account of a droll accident occasioned by the mistake of a matchmaker–Connoisseur.................................................... 82 The character of a jealous wife—Connoisseur...................... 85 On excessive neatness in a wife, with a letter from a husband complaining of this evil—Connoisseur....................... ..... 89 Jealousy described—Addison.......................................... 93 Jealousy—how to be allayed—Addison.............................. 99 Cautions concerning marriage—story of Eugenio—Gent. Mag. 105 The causes of disagreement in marriage—Johnson................ 109 v A letter from a father to his son on the choice of a wife—Aikin 114 A letter to a lady on the choice of a husband—Spectator....... 122

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