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TO

TUEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE PRINCESSES

AUGUSTA,
ELIZABETH,

MARY,

SOPHIA,

AND

AMELIA,

THE FOLLOWING WORK,
INTENDED TO RECOMMEND

TIIE CULTIVATION OF TIOSE VIRTUES,

AND THE

ACQUIIEMENT OF THOSE BRANCHES

OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE,

WHICH THEY GRACE

BY

THE ELEGANCE OF THEIR MINDS,

AND DIGNIFY

-BY THEIR EXALTED RANK,
is, WITH THEIR PERMISSION,

HUMBLY DEDICATED
BY THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES,
MOST, RESPECTFUL AND DEVOTED SERYANT,

HENRY KETT.

ADVERTISEMENT.

THE very favourable reception which « The ELEMENTS OF GENERAL KNOWLEDGE" have met with, has encouraged the Author to introduce another Work to public notice, designed more particularly for the service of the Ladies.

In the course of the following parrative he has endeavoared to instruct his Readers by the importance, and to amuse them by the variety of his subjects; with this view he has united Conversations and Letters with Sketches of original Characters, curious Adventures, and Descriptions of interesting Places.

To point severe and indiscriminate censures against the times in which we live, is perhaps rather the

part

part of an ill-natured fatyrist than of a candid obe server of mankind; for every age, like every individual, is marked by characteristic virtues and defects. · But we cannot, it is presumed, take a view of the present state of society, without observing that too many young perfons of both sexes are disposed to look upon the restraints of parental authority as an intolerable check to the freedom of their actions; to reft their claims to distinction and praise too much upon trifling accomplishments; and to think that constant appearance in public, and a continual round of amusements are essential to their wellbeing.

If fuch be, in any refpect, a true description of the sentiments and the manners of the young, that writer cannot be fairly censured as aiming at an unworthy, or a trivial object, -as misemploying his time, or degrading his talents, who endeavours to correct such dispositions by displaying the advantages, and describing the pleasures that result from the persevering cultivation of filial love, from the acquire

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