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.1836 Excerpt: ... THE METHOD WHICH A WIFE IS JUSTIFIED TO TAKE, AFTER LABORING FOR A LONG TIME UNDER A COMPLICATION OF ALL MANNER OF ILL USAGE FROM HER HUSBAND. I Am sorry to say, that though a woman should be able to folfil, with the utmost exactness, all the duties of a wife, and which I have endeavored in this little treatise to remind her of, yet she may not always meet with a due return from her ungrateful husband; but, on the contrary, is treated the worse by him for her virtue, because conscious he cannot treat her so well as she deserves. Some men are born with such vicious propensities, are so resolute in the pursuit of their own headstrong inclinations, and withal of so harsh and nigged a nature, that, setting decorum at defiance, their will is their only law. A wife, in this case, has little to expect in her attempts to reclaim a disposition turbulent as the winds, and restless as the ocean. The only certain comfort she can secure beyond his reach, is a conscientious rectitude. She must, however, in spite of the little hope she sees of a reformation, withhold no efforts for that purpose. If the love of play be his predominant passion, in order to save him from the destructive arts of a public gaming table, she must make frequent parties for that amusement at home. If fond of women, she must endeavor to convince him that the virtuous part of the sex are capable of being as agreeable companions as those of the most loose principles; and this, not by arguments, for those he will not listen to, but by getting often to her house, the most witty, gay, and spirituous of her acquaintance, who will sing, dance, tell pleasant stories, and take all the freedoms that innocence allows. To conclude, she must humor all his inclinations, fall in with all his passions, and neglect...
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