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;" "KINGS OF SOCIETY," ETC., ETC.
“Noble examples excite us to noble deeds."-Seneca.
27, PATERNOSTER ROW.
TO YOUNG WOMEN.
MY DEAR FRIENDS,
This volume is dedicated to you, because I believe in the principles it enunciates, and hope that many of your sex may get them lodged in their minds; and the conclusions to which they lead carried out in their lives. While feeling a warm interest in your honour, I have endeavoured to avoid all indiscriminate eulogiums on the eminent women here portrayed. The object of biography is to teach by example; and although perfection is claimed for none of the models here presented, yet each is worthy of being enshrined in your hearts. .
Whilst I should be sorry to see woman exchanging her home for the market-place, and her nursery for the arena, I am anxious that she should not be robbed of some of the purest joys of life; and that society, which so much needs her help, should not be defrauded of her service. The housewife is woman's proudest name. Honourable is her distaff, and equally honourable her careful management and