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fecond, will not be found so repugnant to truth, and reason, and common sense, as may on a first view be supposed.

But if on candidly summing up the evidence, the design and scope of the Author be fairly judged, not by the customs or opinions of the worldly, (for every English subject has a right to object to a suspected or prejudiced jury,) but by an appeal to that divine law which is the only infallible rule of judgment; if on such an appeal her views and principles thall be found censurable for their rigour, absurd in their requisitions, or preposterous in their restrictions, she will have no right to complain of such a verdict, because she will then stand condemned by that court to whose decision she implicitly submits.

Let it not be suspected that the Author arrogantly conceives berself to be exempt from that natural corruption of the heart which it is one chief object of this flight work to exhibit ; that the superciliously erects herself into the impeccable cenfor of her fex and of the world ; as if from the critic's chair fhe were coldly pointing out the faults and errors of another order of beings, in whose welfare the had not that lively interest which can only flow from the tender and intimate participation of fellow.feeling :

With a deep felf-abasement, ariling from a strong conviction of being indeed a partaker in the same corrupt nature; together with a full persuasion of the many and great defects of these volumes, and a fincere consciousness of her inability to do justice to a subject which, however, a sense of duty impelled her to undertake, the commits herself to the candour of that Public which has so frequently, in her instance, accepted a

rig'it intention as a substitute for a powerful performi ance.

BATH,
March 14, 1799.

STRICTURES

ON THE

MODERN SYSTEM

OF

FEMALE EDUCATION.

CHAP. I.

Address to women of rank and fortune, on the effects of their

influence on society.-Suggestions for ibe exertion of it in

various instances. AMONG the talents for the application of which women of the higher class will be peculiarly accountable, there is one, the importance of which they can scarcely rate too highly. This talent is Influence.' We read of the greatest orator of antiquity, that the wisest plans which it had cost him years to frame, a woman could overturn in a single day ; and when we consider the variety of mischiefs which an ill-directed influence has been known to produce, we are led to reflect with the most fanguine hope on the beneficial effects to be expected from the fame powerful force when exerted in its true direction.

The general state of civilized society depends more than thofe are aware who are not accustomed to fcratinizę into the springs of human action, on the prevailing sentiments and habits of women, and on the nature ar

ON THE

MODERN SYSTEM

FEMALE EDUCATION.

WITH

A VIEW OF THE PRINCIPLES AND CONDUCT PREV.
ALENT AMONG WOMEN OF RANK

AND FORTUNE.

BT

HANNAH MORE.

May you to raise your character that you may help to make the next

age a better thing, and leave posterity in your debt, for
the advantage it fall receive by your example.

Lord HALIFAX

Two VOLUMES IN ONE AND THIRD AMERICAN

ERITION, WITH CONSIDERABLE ADDITIONS.

BOSTON:
Printed for JOSEPH BUMSTEAD, Printer and

Bookseller, No. 20, Union-Street.

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