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BY JAMES FORDYCE, D.D.
/ 7 1 a"- '796
PRINTED FOR T.CADELl, IN THE STRAND,
EXT to the dispositions and manners of Young Women, those of c~ Young Men may be regarded as of the -greatest consequence, both to the present ^ and suture generations. It is certain they "^Will be attended with the most powersul ^ influence on that Sex, whose empire is jtouniyersal. Their mutual intercouise in£ deed is evidently much more essicacious, , in moulding the mind?, and directing i the actions, of others, than the highest J& authority, or the wisest example, of age. \ How deeply society will be asfected by M the connexions which Young Men shall ^ form, and by the conduct which they shall ^ hold, as they advance, it is not dissicult to imagine; nor can it be necessary to g prove, that, as the behaviour of indivi,-- duals in their early days gives for the r *y most part a turn to the rest, so from the - Vol. I. \ a
character of our Youth in general, we may prognosticate favourably, or otherwise, concerning our own times, and those that shall more immediately succeed them. For these reasons, and others that need not now be stated, the improvement of the rising age in the best things, has always appeared to me an object of the first magnitude. On this principle Sermons toYoung Women were attempted. Front the generous reception with which they were honoured by the public, many persons, whose judgement I must ever respect, were induced to intimate the most obliging wishes that I might proceed to address the Youth of my own sex. But such an undertaking was at first rendered impossible by ill health; and afterwards, when 1 thought of engaging in it, I hesitated long from real dissidence.
I readily reflected, that I could add but little to the large stores of moral and religious instruction, with which- Young Men,