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Preface .....

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Prize essay, by Miss Lucy Hooper-doinestic happiness, or a

contrast between the state of matrimony and thai 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 neces-

sary to constitute a real marriage union ? and can there bo
happiness where such union does not exist ?–Miss Lucy

Hooper.....................................................................

Original essay—matrimony and celibacy contrasted.............

Original essay-on domestic happiness........

Comparative estimate of the two sexes considered, or the female

sex vindicated-Melmoth Editor .........

On the nature and end of marriage, and the means by which

that end is to be obtained—Johnson........... ............

Personal beauty produced by moral sentimentHawksworth. 62

The ladies directed in the choice of a husband-good nature

described-Hawksworth ...........................

Directions to ladies for their conduct to a husband-Hawks.

worth ...................

Of love-characters of various lovers-Connoisseur...........

On match.making-of match-makers by profession-account

of a droll accident occasioned by the mistake of a match.

maker-Connoisseur........

................ 82

The character of a jealous wife-Connoisseur ......... ............

On excessive neatness in a wife, with a letter from a husband

complaining of this evil-Connoisseur.............................

Jealousy described—Addison......

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Jealousy-how to be allayed-Addison ....................

.................

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 111

A letter to a lady on the choice of a husband-Spectator ....... 122

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On Conjugal affection-Mrs. Griffith................................ 125

On temper-Mrs. Griffith................................................ 130

Observations on the impropriety of marrying a woman, where

we know her affections are engaged by another, with an

affecting case of matrimonial infelicity resulting from this

cause-Babbler.................

............. 136

Strictures on the absurdity of those ladies who, through a

fondness for admiration, admit the visits of a man who

openly manifests a design upon their peace and reputation-
Bubbler .............................

.............. 140

On the dangerous inattention which ladies sometimes testify

to the morals of their lovers-Babbler...... .... ............ 144

Thoughts upon a wedding—the marriage of an amiable ne.

phew-Babbler............ .............................................. 149

On the importance and excellence of maintaining an inviolable

affection in the married life-Babbler .......... .............. 153

Women cautioned against flattery-Steele........... ............... 160

A letter from a lady to her young friend on her marriage-Mrs.
Rawson...............

.............. 164

From the same to the same-upon the birth of a daughter-

Mrs. Rawson.........

.............. 168

On the tyranny of husbands-Pliny's lotters to Calphurnia-

Tattler and Melmoth...............

Marriage, by whom ridiculed— Cicero's Letters to Terentia.... 176

An allegory for the use of those ladies who have lost the affec-

tions of their husbands, and are willing to regain them

Tattler............................

Love and lust distinguished-the advantages of matrimony-

Tattler...........

............. 184

A picture of domestic life, in which the greatest quarrels that

happen between married people are proved to spring in gene-

ral from the most trifling circumstances--a humorous dia,

logue between two venerable lovers—Anon..................... 188

The necessity of paying a regard to trifles, in order to procure

happiness in the marriage state-Tattler.

We marriage state-Tailler......................... 194

On the importance of the art of pleasing, with criminating let.

ters between a husband and a wife-Mirror........

The happiness resulting from kind and mutual attentions, ex.

emplified in the history of Horatio and Emilia-Mirror...... 202

Cleora and Aurelia, eontrasted-Lounger............................ 207

A caution addressed to married persons, as united by the brittle

tie of human life—from the confessions of Lucillus............ 212

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CUITULI..................................................

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On economics as a science--Knox ........

. 216

A letter to a very good.natured lady, who was married to a very

ill-natured man-Student..........

............. 219

On matrimonial quarrels-Student.............. ....................

On the choice and qualities of a wife-Anon......................

Conjugal love-a moral story-Museum ............

The temple of Hymen—a vision-Museum ......

235

A letter to a young lady on her going to be married to a rich

old man-Gent. Mag............... .............................. 240

Marriage of Hymenæus and Tranquilla—Johnson.................. 242

Marriage, a blessing or a curse, as it is wrongly or rightly un.

derstood .........................

................. 246

Virtue, cheerfulness, and constancy absolutely necessary to

make the married state happy-Manners, Clarissa, f.c......... 250

On the brutality of husbands-Spectator, Humorist, Plain

Dealer, f-c...........

............................ 254

The duty of a good wife ................... .......................... 259

On the same subject-Conduct of a Married Life ................ 263

Matrimony the most important step a man can take in private

life-Museum .............

............................... 267

The affecting and instructive story of Constantia.................. 271

On female accomplishments-Fordyce ............................... 276

Connexion of the two sexes—the grounds of it-the moral ends

and duties of marriage--Fordyce.................................... 280

Connexion of parents with their children—the authority

founded on that connexion-duties of parents-Fordyce...... 285

Conjugal precepts, translated from Plutarch-Fordyce .......... 289

On compulsory laws respecting marriage—with the story of an

unfortunate separation at Rome–Bee ............................. 294

A letter from a young lady, with a description of the maid's

husband-World.......................................................... 297

Virtue tried and triumphant, in the stories of Scipio and

Amanda—Valerius Maximus, Livius, g-c....................... 301

Caution to young ladies, especially young heiresses-or the ill

effects of forming imprudent connexions, exemplified in the

story of Harriet Darnly-Mrs. Bonhote............................. 310

On the snares of personal beauty, and the necessity of cultiva.

ting mental excellence-Mrs. Bonhote.............................. 316

A vision-in which various classes of lovers pass in review be-

fore the author-Anon ................

........................... 319

Conjugal and domestic happiness—a dialogue between Leander

and Eugenio–Philanthrophist........

.......... 32

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Letter to a young gentleman upon his marriage-Mrs. Tharle 328

Pleasing views of matrimomy-Anon................................. 332

Letter exhibiting the grand basis of a happy union, and an esti.

mate of the advantages and disadvantages of marriage-Anon. 336

Testimony of a distinguished divine to the excellence of the

marriage union, in a letter to a young lady-Newton......... 340

Danger of a lady's fixing her choice in love—Mrs. Chapone ..... 342

Having a regard to money, in looking out for a wife-Newton. 346

How to unite domestic economy, liberality and ease, in a letter

from a lady to her niece-Mrs. Chapone ....... ....... 348

Tenderness of friendship-a necessary ingredient in the mar.

ried state.................

............... 352

Unhappy marriages ...........

.............. 357

Marriage generally the most happy when preceded by long

courtship-Addison ...............

........... 359

Reflexions on errors in marriage....................................... 363

The marriage state rarely unhappy but from want of judgment

or temper in the husband-Steele ...........

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367

Differences of temper in the sexes—Addison......... .............. 370

Refinement of conjugal love..................

.. 374

Cruelty of parents in the affair of marriage-Addison............. 377

Miseries occasioned by folly and vice at the head of a family-

Addison ........................................... .................. 380

Good nature and good sense compared, in their relation to ma.

trimonial happiness Witherspoon........ ............. 384

Necessity of equality in rank and age in the matrimonial

union-Witherspoon ..............

............ 389

The same subject continued— Witherspoon .......................... 392

The cultivation of good temper in ladies—Mrs. Chapone....... 396

Married and single life compared, in a letter to a lady—Bennet 400

Marks of an honourable lover-a father's advice to his daugh-

ters-Gregory ....................

Male and female coquetry—a father's advice to his daughters

-Gregory
regory ..........

................ 408

Matrimony too often ridiculed, and beauty too highly extolled

- Witherspoon .........

The happiness and unhappiness of the married state overrated

-Witherspoon.......

............... 415

Happiness, how secured in the married state....................... 420

Lines on religion and virtue-Miss Lucy Hooper.................. 425

DOMESTIC HAPPINESS PORTRAYED.

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