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PREFACE,

THE art of letter writing will ever be considered as one of the greatest ornaments of education; for, nect to the power of pleasing by his presence, every man would wish 10 be able to give delight at a distance. 122 this Collection of Letters various models are offered, beginning with easy and familiar forms, and thence leading, by simple gradittions; to epistles of the most complex construction,

The SECRETARY will be found to contain not only proper precedents of letters, but important advice, and directions for behaviour, in almost every situation in life. The Editor has selected from the best epistolary writers this country has produced, and those written by that amiable Poet, Corper, will be read with delight. Miss Williams's Correspondence from France, describing, in glorving colours, the miseries.

and

and horrors of revolutionary governments, and pourtraying the anarchy and bioodshed occasioned by lawless and ambitious tyrants, will be considered with the liveliest feeling and interest, and every Englishman will rejoice, that, in this happy country, we are, by the interposition of Divine Providence, placed under a Constitution wise, and good, that alike protects the peer and the peasant, and guards in safety the cottage, as well as

the palace.

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From an elder to a younger brother, represent

ing the fatal consequences of extravagance 11 From a gentleman to his son, against loquacity 12 To a friend, on the proper use of time

15 From a father to his son, on the ill consequences

of keeping bad company, late hours, &c. during his apprenticeship

16 From a tradesman to his correspondent, requesting paymerit of a sum of money

19 The answer

ib. From a lady to her maid servant who had left ber 20 To a young tradesman, advising method and diligence in business

22 From an aunt to her niece, containing instruc

tions to judge of proposals of marriage 25 A gentleman to the father of a lady on the subject of matrimony

28 The father's answer From the lover in reply

ib. A young lady to her father, informing hiin of a

proposal of marriage being made to her 30 The father's answer

31 A young gentleman, nearly out of his apprenticeship, to the father of a lady

32 The father's answer

33 To a young lady, on her keeping company with a gentleman of bad character

36 To a gentleman who was jealous of his wife 35 The gentleman's answer

36 A mother to her daughter, who was jealous of her husband

37 On calumny

33 To a friend, in answer to his complaint of the incontinence of his mistress

40 On honour

41 On friendship

43 Against intimacy with a short acquaintance 45

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On education

46 To a young lady on fortitude

48 On the advantages of taste for the beauties of nature

50 To a friend, on the effects of prosperity and adversity on the human mind

53 A letter by Locke, on the advantages of friend

ship Dr. Moore to a friend on gaming Dr. Schomberg to a young lady, on reading for improvement

62 Mr. Pope, on the proper way of keeping Christmas

65 Dr. Swift to a young lady on her marriage

67 Mrs. Thrale to a gentleman on his marriage 78 Dr. Johnson to a lady, refusing a request

83 Dr. Johnson to Mrs. Boswell, thanking her for a present

84 Dr. Johnson to Mrs. Piozzi, on sickness - 85 Dr. Tillotson to a friend

83 Dr. Johnson to Mrs. Thrale, on the death of her husband

92 From the same to the same

93 Lord Chesterfield to Dr. Chenevix, on the death of his wife

9+ Dr. Johnson to Dr. Lawrence, on the death of his wife

95 Dr. Johnson to Mrs. Strachan, on the death of

96 Dr. Johnson to Mr. Elphinstone, on the death of his mother

97 Mr. Pope to Mr. Digby, on the death of his brother

98 Miss Williams to a friend, describing her arrestation and confinement in France

100 Miss Williams in continuation

107 Miss

her son

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