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model. For, alas, to admire is one thing, and to emulate, anether: And it is even to be doubted, whether YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS has influence enough to change the fashion in favour of Virtue and Religion. While a continual round of idle and expenfive amufements fills up the bulk of our time, and is looked upon as the very Dignity of High Life; while the rage of ganing is carried to an excefs beyond example, fo that even the facred day of reft brings no reft from that endless drudgery, and children in their non-age are, to the difgrace of common fenfe, initiated by mafters hired for the purpofe, and furnished with printed fyftems of the liberal fcience of card-playing; while the grand ftudy of people of rank is, How to drown thought: While fuch is the genius of the age, what hope is there, that the retired and unaffected virtues, which dazzle not the common eye, and appear in their true excellence only to Him, who lees not as man fees, fhould allure the unthinking to imitation! But when the fluttering tribe, who form the crowd at routs and mafquerades, are gone down to the filent grave, and have entered upon a ftate, where they will find, amufement was not the end of their creation; then will the honours of the Beft of Conforts, and of Parents, shine confpicuous on the roll of fame, the delight of a wifer race, and have a place among the celebrated names of Arria, Cornelia, Porcia, Marcia, Attia, Aurelia, and others, the glory of the amiable fex, whofe charms, other than of paint, or drefs, or oftentation, will ever bloom with unfading splendour.
Proceed, ILLUSTRIOUS PRINCESS! Continue Your pious cares in forming Your lovely Offspring to virtue and to glory. The fame fuperior prudence, which has enabled You in a country where licentioufnefs of fpeech is confidered by the people as one of their most valuable privileges, to fuftain a character of fuch dignity, that Malice itself, ftruck filent, ftands awed by native goodness and unaffected greatnefs of mind; the fame Divine fupport which has faved You from finking under that affliction which, to a delicate fpirit, must have been beyond expreffion severe; the fame infpiring Grace, which has formed Your rifing family fo perfectly to Your wishes, that regularity and piety are not only their practice, but their pleasure; the fame all-ruling Providence, whofe peculiar care YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS has ever been, will bring Your worthy labours to a happy iffue. There is not a virtue You can eftablish in the mind of any of Your numerous race, that may not hereafter give happines to a kingdom. Every fpark of goodnefs kindled by Your care, and nourished by the breath of Heaven, may fhine a propitious ftar on Europe. And the concentred glories of the whole will, in the higher regions, fhed fuch fplendours on Your future elevation, that You will forget that ever there was a time when You was the moft amiable and admired character in this obfcure world.
To YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS, who knows that the fame Divine Authority which has given to thofe who turn many to righteousness, ground to hope, that they shall hereafter shine as stars for ever and ever, has alfo taught us, that they who have laboured the most for the general advancement of virtue, are still to confider themselves as unprofitable fervants, having done only what they ought; to YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS, nothing that is here faid will appear otherwise than as a fet of thoughts naturally flowing from the artless pen of a writer, independent in temper, and happy in the profpect of paffing his days in a private and useful ftation; but warmned with the idea of uncommon excellence, and the hope of extenfive advantage to mankind, from the pious labours of the best of Princeffes.
That the mild and gentle reign of the moft venerable of Monarchs, the Father of his people, may be long and profperous, and that He may be bleffed of the King of kings in his perfon and family; that public and private Virtue, and true Religion, may yet again raile their drooping heads; that Luxury, Infidelity, Corruption, and Perjury, may fink to the regions of darknels, whence they first arofe; and that Heaven may again fmile propitious on thefe once highly favoured nations; that the inestimable life of YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS may be long preferved as a bleffing to Your family, and in them to mankind, and that Your noble example may be more ftudied and imitated; that his Royal Highnefs the Prince of Wales, and the other Branches of Your illuftrious houfe may be the peculiar care of Heaven, a bleffing to the world, and a crown of glory to YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS, are the unfeigned withes of one, whom ambition would never have prompted (though Your gracious goodness has) to aspire to the honour of fubfcribing himself thus publicly,
(May it please YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS)
YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS's
Moft devoted and
Moft faithful humble fervant,
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The Author's Apology
of Moral Principles fit to be eftablished in the Minds of Chil-