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THE art of letter writing will ever be considered as one of the greatest ornaments of education; for, next to the power of pleasing by his presence, every man would wish to be able to give delight at a distance. ` In this Collection of Letters various models are offered, beginning with easy and familiar forms, and thence leading, by simple gradations, to epistles of the most complex con

struction.

The SECRETARY will be found to contain not only proper precedents of letters, but important advice, and directions for behaviour, in almost every situation in life. The Editor has selected from the best epistolary writers this country has produced, and those written by that amiable Poet, Cowper, will be read with delight. Miss Williams's Correspondence from France, describing, in glowing colours, the miseries.

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and horrors of revolutionary governments, and pourtraying the anarchy and bioodshed occasioned by lawless and ambitious tyrants, will be considered with the liveliest feeling and interest, and every Englishman will rejoice, that, in this happy country, we are, by the interposition of Divine Providence, placed under a Constitution wise, and good, that alike protects the peer and the peasant, and guards in safety the cottage, as well as the palace.

JULY 20, 1803.

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From an elder to a younger brother, representing the fatal consequences of extravagance From a gentleman to his son, against loquacity 12 To a friend, on the proper use of time From a father to his son, on the ill consequences of keeping bad company, late hours, &c. during his apprenticeship

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From a tradesman to his correspondent, requesting payment of a sum of money

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From an aunt to her niece, containing instruc-
tions to judge of proposals of marriage
A gentleman to the father of a lady on the sub-
ject of matrimony

The father's answer

From the lover in reply

A young lady to her father, informing him of a proposal of marriage being made to her

The father's answer

The answer

From a lady to her maid servant who had left ber 20 To a young tradesman, advising method and diligence in business

A young gentleman, nearly out of his apprenticeship, to the father of a lady

The father's answer

To a young lady, on her keeping company with a gentleman of bad character

To a gentleman who was jealous of his wife.
The gentleman's answer

A mother to her daughter, who was jealous of
her husband

On calumny

To a friend, in answer to his complaint of the incontinence of his mistress

On honour

On friendship

Against intimacy with a short acquaintance

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On education

To a young lady on fortitude

On the advantages of taste for the beauties of

nature

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To a friend, on the effects of prosperity and adversity on the human mind

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A letter by Locke, on the advantages of friend

ship

Dr. Moore to a friend on gaming

Dr. Schomberg to a young lady, on reading for improvement

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Mr. Pope, on the proper way of keeping
Christmas

Dr. Swift to a young lady on her marriage
Mrs. Thrale to a gentleman on his marriage
Dr. Johnson to a lady, refusing a request
Dr. Johnson to Mrs. Boswell, thanking her for

a present

Dr. Johnson to Mrs. Piozzi, on sickness

Dr. Tillotson to a friend

Dr. Johnson to Mrs. Thrale, on the death of her husband

From the same to the same

Lord Chesterfield to Dr. Chenevix, on the death of his wife

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Miss Williams to a friend, describing her arresta-
tion and confinement in France
Miss Williams in continuation

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Dr. Johnson to Dr. Lawrence, on the death of
his wife
Dr. Johnson to Mrs. Strachan, on the death of
her son

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Dr. Johnson to Mr. Elphinstone, on the death of his mother

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Mr. Pope to Mr. Digby, on the death of his brother

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