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YOUNG WOMAN'S GUIDE
BY WM. A. ALCOTT,
Wife, Young Mother, &c. &c.
Eniered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1836, by
Wo. A. Alcott, in the Clerk's Office of the District
G. C. RAND, Printer,
This work was begun, soon after the appearance of the Young Man's Guide—and was partially announced to the public. For reasons, however, which I have not room to give in this place, it was thought proper to defer its publication till the appearance of several other volumes in the same spirit, involving more particularly the relative duties.
I wish to have it distinctly understood, that I do not propose to give a complete manual of the social and moral duties of young women. Every one has his own way of looking at things, and I have mine. Some of the duties of young women have appeared to me to receive from other writers less attention than their comparative importance demands; and others—especially those which are connected
with the great subject of "temperance in all things"-I have believed to be treated, in several respects, erroneously.
Permit me, however, to say, that while I have not intended to follow the path, or repeat the ideas of any other writer, I have not attempted to avoid either the one or the other. If I have presented here and there a thought which had already come before the public from my own pen, I can only say that I did not intend it, although I did not take special pains to avoid it. The sum is this. I have presented my thoughts, without so much reference to what has already been said by myself or others, as to what I have supposed to be the necessities of those for whom I write. straight forward, asking no questions; and I trust I shall be dealt with in a manner equally direct.
I have gone
Dedham, Mass., Nov. 1839.