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Sir Edmund Turnor, Knight, buried at Stoke in Lincoln
Thire 1707,

P. 73
Mary Countess Dowager of Warwick, who died 1678, p. 77
The Lady Frances Digby, the religious Comfort of Simon Lord

Digby, before mentioned,
Mrs. Elizabeth Burnet, late Wife of the Lord Bishop of Sam

The Lady Elizabeth Brook, the Relict of Sir Robert Brook,

P: 94 Some mention of several other Examples of this fort, together

with the Names of the Authors that have given some Account of their great Piety and Virtue, notwithstanding all the Temp

tations that might arise from their Riches and Honour, p. 99. The Imitation of these Examples earnestly recommended, p.101

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Of the Means of overcoming the Difficulties and

Temptations to which the young Gentry may be
exposed more than others,

p. 103 The inftru&tive as well mi animating Examples before produced

make it the less necessary to insist much on these Means, p. 104 How muchit concerns young Gentlemen and Ladies to guard them

selves against the Flatteries of those that are ape to sooth and caress them,

p. 1os A true and faithful Friend well chofen may furnish them with pro

per Antidotes against the Poyfon of the Flatterer, Useful Confiderations for the overcoming the Temptations that arise

from the Riches, pleasures and Honours of tbis World, p. 110 1: That they contemplate the Dignity of that rational and in,

mortal Nature which God has given them, together with the more vile, fading, and perishing Nature of all the Things of this lower World, and how insufficient they are to make them happy,

ibid. 2. That they labour by a lively Faith to take a daily Profpe&t of the great, future, eternal Things of the other World,

p. 115 3. That they humbly and affectionately contemplate, adore, and

imitate our most meek and lowly, Self.denying, and crucify'd Saviour,

p. 121 4:

That by daily and fervent Prayer they derive fupernatural Steength from above, for the resisting and conquering the Allurements of the World,

p. 126 5. That


HE former Book, unto which this refers, was publish-

ed with this Title, Youth's Grand Contern : Or, Advice
to Young Perfons how to begin betimes to be wise, and good,
and happy. The first Edition of which being sold, there is
now in the Press a Second Edition thereof, almost ready to
be published.

London, Printed for John Wyat, wt the Rose in St. Paul's

P A R-



Young G ENTRY, &c.


The Introduction.
HERE is no great need of instructing

Young Gentlemen and Ladies what Alcendant they have over their Inferiors by Privileges of Birth, Titles of Honour, Precedency, Riches, and the like external Advantages, which distinguish them from meaner People. These things for the most part they soon understand, and sufficiently value. But with a tender Regard to their souls, as well as with all Deference to their Quality, I beg Leave to remind them of a far more important Distinction amongst themselves than the fore-mentioned between them and others, viz. That those of them alone are truly noble and honourable to whom Honour is due upon a higher Account, and in whom it is made durable and immortal by the Addition of a solid intrinsick Goodness


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to the superficial and vanishing Splendor of outward Greatness. Such of them shall be re, nowned while they live, and carry Honour and Felicity with them into another World, where they shall for ever enjoy thc utmost Consummation thereof in the Perfection of Glory, while the rest, who' neither love nor chufe: what is really good, notwithstanding all the glittering Appearance of Earthly Pomp, shall be extinguished with Ignominy, and forced to lie down at last in obscure Darkness, insupportable Anguilh, and eternal Confusion.

The very Heathen Philosophers, Historians, Poets, and Orators, do all agree, that Honour and Nobility took its first Rise from Virtue ; and some of them are so severe as to maintain, That Virtue is the only true Nobility, the only subItantial lasting Honour, far above all the perishing Shadows of it. Neither will they give any Man Leave to arrogate to himself the Merit of his Ancestors, but plainly tell him, that unless he himself act worthily he dishonours his noble Progenitors, disgraces himself, and entails a Blemish on his Posterity. Is it not then great. ly to be lamented, that any Persons descended from an ancient and illustrious Family, ingenuously educated, and possessing fair Estates, magnificent Houses, and large Revenues, should have no just Sense of Honour, nor take any Care that their Lives and Actions answer the Nobility of their Extraction, and the Eminency of their Rank and Station? Although their Titles and Escocheons may


Thew that their Ancestors had Piety and Virtue, Courage and Magnanimity, that they adored God, obeyed their Prince, served their Country, and were famous in their Generation ; yet if any of the Posterity of such worthy Persons shall so far degenerate as to lead an atheistical and profane, or a lewd and dissolute, or a voluptuous and effeminate Life, will the Glory of iheir Ancestors preserve them, either from the Disesteem of Men, or the Reproaches of their own Minds, or the Indignation of Almighty God?

This fort of PREFACE, more honest than polite, may perhaps seem not very proper to conciliate the good Opinion of some Young Persons of Quality, who are every Day entertained with Applauses and Panegyricks, Complements and Caresses. But I would humbly beseech them to consider with themselves who is the Màn that does them the most faithful Service. Is he the treacherous Flatterer, who intoxicates and destroys them with his luscious Poyfon? Or is he not rather the sincere Monitor, who by plain Advice opens their Eyes, that they may see and avoid their Danger? · Early Piety, which I have recommended in a former Book as the Grand Concern of Touth in general, is as much the Concern of the Young Nobility and particular as of any others. The Supreme Father and Lord of the Universe has proposed to all sorts of Persons, whether high or low, rich or poor,


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