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THE AUTHOR doth not scruple to call this TREA
1 TISE, one of the most important and interesting Publications, that have appeared since the Days of the Protestant Reformation.
He has the Pleasure of assuring the READER, that this is not the Language of Vanity and Self-applause, but of the many eminently learned and pious Men, to whose Perusal the MS. was submitted, and with whose entire Approbation it makes its public Appearance.
To trace the Causes of Female Ruin, to point out a Remedy against it, in an Age when its Increase is most alarmingly progressive, is a WORK, which, surely, on the first Mention of it, ought to recommend itself to the
most serious Confideration of every Well-wisher to the m Peace, good Order, Comfort, and Welfare of Society.
The AUTHOR pretends to no Merit, as to any new Discoveries made on the Subjects herein treated His ? Labours have been only directed to the Search of Truth, as revealed and recorded by the Divine Wisdom--to the Detection of Error, Superstition, and Falshood, as they appear in Human Systems, and as they are the Occasions of more Mischiefs to the World, than all the Wit or
Wisdom of Man can ever obviate or remove. ri He has endeavoured to avoid the tiresome Dryness
which usually attends Treatife-writing; and, by the Invtroduction of much Variety of entertaining Matter, he Aatters himself that the Reader will not find Him to have been unmindful of Horace's Rule :
Omne tulit punétum qui mifcuit utile dulci,
As for the Success which shall attend this Undertaking, it muft be left in the Hands of the Supreme Disposer of all Events, who can effect the greatest, the noblest, and most falutary Purposes, by the most unlikely, the weakest, and most unworthy Instruments.
One Thing is very certain, that the Security and Protection of the Female Sex, is one great Object of the Divine Law -- but it is as certain, that we have departed from the System of the Divine Government, and that in the Eye of our Municipal Laws, Women are of less Consequence than the Beasts of the Field — for it is less penal to seduce, defile, and abandon to Prostitution and Ruin, a thousand Women, married or unmarried, than to steal, kill, or even maliciously to maim or wound, an Ox or a Sheep. See 22 & 23 Car. II. c. 7. § 2, 4; 9 Geo. I. c. 22.
Pudet hæc opprobria nobis Et dici potuise, et non potuisse refelli. Yet such is the System under which we have been living from Generation to Generation, and which will be transmitted to the latest Posterity, with all its growing and increasing Mischiefs, unless the apparent Neceflity of a Reformation shall make us willing to receive and adopt the only Means of it— what those Means are, it is the Purpose of this Book to lay before the public Eye, and to recommend, in the most earnest and serious Manner, to Legisative Interposition ; not as opposing one Human Scheme to another, but as restoring the Divine Government to its due Honour and Respect, and of course to its falutary Influence over the Manners and Actions of Mankind,
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