A Manual of Essays, Selected from Various Authors (1809)
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1809. Excerpt: ... ESSAY 97. MISCHIEVOUS EFFECTS OF PREJUDICE. (Female Spectator.) IN a former Essay I mentioned some evils which are derived from prejudice; but I was led into a reflection on it by a late instance, which though in private life, deserves the attention of the public, because it may be a warning against instilling into youth principles which are not to be eradicated in maturity. A gentleman who had acquired a considerable fortune by merchandise, left a son twelve and a daughter five years of age. As the mother was likewise dead, the son was continued at Westminster school, by his guardians; and the daughter committed to the care of her mother's sister. This good lady was extremely fond of her young charge, and neglected nothing that might render her perfectly accomplished. The means allowed her for improvement were not thrown away: she had an excellent capacity, and took such delight in learning, that her progress far surpassed the expectations of her instructors. Her person was lovely, nature had bestowed upon her a thousand charms, a d without being strikingly beautiful, there was something in her more attractive and agreeable than is often founj in the most exquisite beauties. It is not to be wondered that many should think so lovely and accomplished a woman worthy of their most serious addresses; but though she was early beset with admirers, she seemed little touched with all the fine things daily lavished on her charms. Her brother, after having perfected himself in every thing deemed necessary for his education at home, was sent abroad to make himself acquainted with the customs and manners of other countries. After passing some time in France and Italy, he returned home an accomplished and complete gentleman. Sabina, for so I may call this young l...
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