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PREFACE.

This Book has been translated into French, intu Gerinan, into Polish, and into Tamil (one of the languages of India); it has been extensively published in America ; and is wellknown wherever the English language is spoken.

The Twelfth Edition-consisting of twenty thousand copies--being exhausted in less than three years, the THIRTEENTH EDITION is now published.

One or two fresh questions have been asked and answered, and two or three new paragraphs have been added.

PYE HENRY CHAVASSE.

214 HAGLEY Roal), EDGBASTON,

BIRMINGHAM, June, 1878.

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ADVICE TO A WIFE.

INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER.

A good wife is Heaven's last, best gift to man-his angel and minister of graces innumerablehis gem of many virtues-his casket of jewels ;-her voice is sweet music-her smiles, his brightest day-her kiss, the guardian of his innocence her arms, the pale of his safety, the balm of his health, the balsam of his life-her industry, his surest wealth-her economy, his safest steward-her lips, his faithful counsellorsher bosom, the softest pillow of his cares-and her prayers, the ablest advocate of Heaven's blessings on his head. — JEREMY TAYLOR

A guardian angel o'er his life presiding,
Doubling his pleasures, and his cares dividing.

ROGERS,
Of earthly goods, the best is a good Wife ;
A bad, the bitterest curse of human life.

SIMONIDES.

1. IT
may

be well-before I enter on the subjects of menstruation, of pregnancy, of labour, and suckling—to offer a few preliminary observations, especially addressed to a Young Wife.

2. My subject is health—the care, the restoration, and the preservation of health-one of the most important themes that can be brought before a human being, one that should engross much of our time and of our attention, and one that cannot be secured unless it be properly inquired into and attended to. The human frame is, as every one knows, constantly liable to be out of order; it would be strange, indeed, if a beautiful and complex instrument like the human body were not occasionally out of tune :

Strange! that a harp of thousand strings

Should keep in tune so long."-Watts. 3. The Advice I am about to offer to my fair reader is of the greatest importance, and demands her deepest attention.

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