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THE

YOUNG WOMAN'S COMPANION;

OR,

FEMALE INSTRUCTOR:

BEING A SURE AND COMPLETE GUIDE TO EVERY NECESSARY ACQUIREMENT

ESSENTIAL IN FORMING

A PLEASING COMPANION, A RESPECTABLE MOTHER,

OR

USEFUL MEMBER OF SOCIETY.

INTERSPERSED WITH

MORAL AND RELIGIOUS ESSAYS,

INTERESTING TALES,

AND

MEMOIRS OF ILLUSTRIOUS WOMEN.

To which are subjoined,

SEVERAL VERY VALUABLE MEDICINAL RECEIPTS, AND OTHER USEFUL DIRECTIONS, REQUISITE FOR EVERY FEMALE TO WHOM DOMESTIC ECONOMY IS A

DESIRABLE OBJECT.

AN ENTIRE NEW WORK.

"A virtuous woman is abore rubies.-Sbe openeth her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” King LEMUEL.

OXFORD:

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY BARTLETT AND NEWMAN,

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PREFACE.

It has been the general complaint of all those who have paid attention to modern systems of Female Education, that utility has been sacrificed at the shrine of external accomplishments; and that, from the confined manner in which Females are taught inany of its most useful branches, they merely obtain a smattering of knowledge, which, like the seed sown in barren soil, becomes unproductive and soon. withers and decays.

The Compiler of the present Work, to remove this complaint, as far as his Female Instructor may be concerned, has endeavoured to present the Fair Sex with a volume at once simple, instructive, and pleasing; and he has the more readily undertaken the important task of Preceptor, as no publications of a similar nature have appeared, but what are defective in several most essential articles of Education, being improperly arranged, and the rudiments of knowledge not sufficiently simplified for the young and tender minds of those, whom they profess to instruct.

From the arrangement and contents of this Work, the young Female may be led on from step to step in the easiest manner possible, through all the various stages of useful knowledge; and even those who have before received some education may here find considerable instruction and amusement.

The peculiar advantage of this Work therefore is, that it contains many necessary branches of knowledge, accompanied by useful tables, &c. omitted in others of the same nature, such as Arithmetic, Géography, General

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