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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 reard 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!

Let Addison's and Johnson's moral page,
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.

Page

LETTER to a young Trader,generallyin a hurry of Bu-

siness, advising Method as well as Diligence

25

From a father to a Son, on negligence in his affairs 27

The Son's grateful Answer

28

Recommending a Man Servant

: 29

'The Answer

ibid
An urgent Demand of Payment

ibid
The Answer

SO
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

ibid

The Answer

32

From a young Person just out of his Apprenticeship,

to a Relation, requesting the loan of a sum of Mo-

ney

ibid

From a young

Man who had an opportunity to set up
in business, but destitute of Money, to a Gentle-

man of reputed benevolence

33

The Gentleman's Answer

34

To an Acquaintance to borrow a sum of Money for

a little time

35

An Answer to the foregoing

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

ibid

The Answer

36

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

ibid

The Answer

37

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

ibid

The Merchant's Answer

ibid

From a.young Man, whose Master had lately died 38

The Answer

ibid

From a Person who had met with a sudden affliction

in his Family, soliciting the loan of a sum of Mo-

ney

39

The Answer

ibid
From a Tradesman to a wholesale Dealer, to delay

payment of a sum of Money

The Answer

ibid
From a Servant of a wholesale Dealer to his Master

in Philadelphia, giving an account of his Customers
in the Country

ibid

From a Country Shopkeeper, to his Friend in New-

York, desiring him to send him some Goods

41

The Answer

42

From a Country Shopkeeper, to a Dealer in Philadel-

,

phia, complaining of the badness of his Goods ibid

The Answer

43

From a Tenant to a Landlord, excusing delay of pay-
ment

ibid

The Answer

ibid

From a Country Farmer on the same occasion

44

The Answer

ibid
Letter from Dr. Franklin to his Friend A. B. contain-
ing useful Hints to young Tradesmen

ibid

PART II.

LETTERS ON LOVE, COURTSHIP, AND

MARRIAGE.

T'he Lady's Letter to her Brother, concerning the

above

55

I'he Brother's Answer

ibid

From the Lady to Mr. Moreton

56

Six Letters between a Gentleman and Lady, in Eng-

land

57 to 64

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

ters

65

On the same subject

68

On Courtship and Coquettish Behaviour, from the

71

On the foregoing subject

73

On Marriage, from the same

76

On the same subject, in continuation

78

From a Gentleman to a Lady, professing an aversion

to tedious formality in Courtship

81

The Lady's Answer, encouraging a farther. Declara-
tion

(ibid

From the Gentleman to the Lady more openly declar-

ing his Passion

82

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

ibid

From an Aunt to her Niece, who had given her ludi-

crous account of a sober Lover

83

A Letter from Lady Wortley Montague, against a

Maxim of Mons. Rochefoucalt's, " That Marriages

are convenient, but never delightful”

To a very young Lady on her Marriage. By Dr. Swift 88

To the same Lady. By the same

90

To the same Lady. By the same

93

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

97

From a young Person in business to a Gentleman, de-

siring leave to wait on his Daughter

98

From a young Lady to her Father, acquainting him
with a Proposal of Marriage made her

ibid

The Father's Answer to the Daughter

99

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 bis suit to
her

ibid

The Gentleman's Answer to the Lady's uncommon

request

101

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