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THE Author doth not scruple to call this Trea-
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 Consideration of every Well-wisher to the
cf. 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 Falfhood, 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.
He has endeavoured to avoid the tiresome Drynejs
~*~ which usually attends Treatise-writing j and, by the In
troduction of much Variety of entertaining Matter, he
P flatters himself that the Reader will not find Him to
. have been unmindful of Horace's Rule:
Omne tulit -punftum qui mifettit utile dulci,
As for the Success which shall attend this Undertaking, it jnilft be left in the Hands of the Supreme Disposer of all Events, who can effect the greatest, the noblest, and most salutary Purposes, by the most unlikely, the weakest, and most unworthy Instruments.
One Thing is very certain, that the Security and Proteclion of the Female Sex, is one great Object of the Divine L,aw~—but it is ascertain, that we have departed from the System of the Divine Governments 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 Jleal, 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.
■ -■ Pudet hac opprobria nolis
Et diet potuijje, et non potuisfe refelli.
Yet such is the Sysle?n 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 Necessity 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 Legislative 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 salutary Influence over the Manners and Actions of Mankind,
JS R R A T A.
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