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ditto. 67. 1. 10. for very feeble-read comparatively feeble to

what it once was, before the abolition of the

writ de hæretico comburendo, 29 Car. II. c. 9. 72. 1. 11. for valiies – read vallies. 79. n. 1. 8. for liver on the right side, and heart on

the left-read liver on the left side, and heart

on the right.
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Of those well-intended Charities, and benefi

cent Institutions

The Asylum Misericordia

Misericordia Magdalene and Lock-Hospital.


HE AUTHOR of the following Treatise

cannot fix on a more proper patronage for a work of this kind, than that of those noble and honourable persons, whose compassion on the miseries of the female sex, has led them to institute public charities for its preservation and relief.

As our laws are at present framed, women are exposed to seduction, prostitution, and ruin, Vol. I.



almost without controul;-- they seem to be
looked upon as lawful prey to the luft, trea-
chery, cruelty, and mean artifices of licen-
tious and profligate men, who can seduce
and then abandon them at their will.

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That a want of good government among us in these respects, is one source of all those evils, which your disinterested and humane endeavours are intended to prevent or remedy, is surely apparent on the lightest. confideration.

A system of laws which leaves the horrid crime of adultery not only out of the list of its capital punishments, but even exempts it, as a public offence, from


animadversion whatsoever in our courts of criminal judicature, must be attended with all those mifchiefs that arise from the encouragement which impunity affords to vice.

The fame may also be observed, with respect to the defenceless state, in which the weaker fex in general is left against the stronger; so that any man may seduce, and abandon at his pleasure, the unhappy and deluded objects of his brutal appetite.


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To exhibit a system far different from this to set forth the divine law as the contrivance of infinite wisdom, for the security, peace, preservation, and protection of the female sex, is the purpose of the following pages:

-Were this to be made the basis of our municipal laws, it would prove an adequate remedy for all those mischiefs, which, in comparatively few instances, can now only find a partial palliation, from benevolence like yours, but which must, in general, be still the portion of those, whom God's law was formed to protect.

Many of you, my Lords and GentleMEN, are members of the LEGISLATURE ; and if, from what shall be said on the matters treated in this book, they should become the subjects of your serious consideration in your legislative capacity, the author will gain one desirable end of his labours.

This surely must be allowed that, in point of fact, the alarming increase of female prostitution and ruin, calls loudly for some remedy: the self-evidence of this, is the very foundation of those benevolent designs,


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which distinguish the several public charities to which

you so generoully contribute.

Let Government adopt the System of heavenly wisdom, which adorns the pages of the SACRED VOLUME, and it will find a remedy in its own hands-what that system is, it has been the author's most serious endeavour to enquire, and to recommend it to all, but more especially to the consideration of those, whose care, expence, and vigilance, for the good of their fellow-creatures, has occasioned them the trouble of this address from

Their most humble servant,

And ardent well-wisher to their good designs,


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