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Religion without Disguise ;
TWO OXFORD STUDENTS,
COLLEGE, LONDON, AND THE COUNTRY:
A TRUE TALE
OF CHARACTERS AND OCCURENCES IN REAL LIFE ;
EXEMPLIFYING THE INFLUENCE OF
FEMALE WISDOM AND PIETY :
INTENDED TO BE
A Mentor to all Young Persons
IN COMMENCING THE JOURNEY OF LIFE-WARNING THEM AGAINST SNATES,
AND ANIMATING THEM TO VIRTUE, RELIGION, AND DUTY.
BY A COUNTRY RECTOR.
TO HER ROYAL HIGHNESS
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR Royal Highness,
To whom can I be so desirous of dedicating this attempt to diffuse the love of religion among young men, by a detail of the beneficial influence of female wisdom and virtue, from my own observation and experience, as to YOURSELF, NOBLE Princess !—the presumptive HEIRESS OF THE BRITISH DoMINIONS, whose EXAMPLE of prudence, virtue, and benevolence, is destined to become the POLE-STAR to the youth of both sexes in this mighty Empire, animating them to “ all that is lovely and of good report”—to all that is wise, beneficent, and good-and to form a nation of men and women the best instructed, the best principled, the best governed, and the best and most attached subjects in the world. I ws : " .i s
During nearly forty years of labour and trial in the ministry, I have experienced most of the troubles and disappointments related in this volume; but during that time I had the honour of saluting the hand of George the Fourth, and your own, Noble Princess, in your infancy. Should Providence spare me till the period when your arm shall have attained the destined strength to wield the sceptre now so potently swayed by our good KING WILLIAM, your Royal UNCLE, it would afford me the highest gratification to be called to repeat that honour.
Meanwhile I pray that every blessing may descend on your Royal Highness to fit you for this high and important station to which Providence designs you, and that the excellent and benevolent spirit of your Royal FATHER, the excellent DUKE OF Kent, whose memory I shall ever cherish for the high personal favour he conferred on me, may ever dwell in the bosom of his IllustrIOUS Daughter. I beg to be permitted the honour of subscribing myself on the auspicious day of your coming of age, with the sincerest respect, and earnest prayers for your Royal Highness's health and happiness,
Your most humble and most
obedient and sincere servant,
24th May, 1837.