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THE

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PLEASURES, AND SORROWS

OF THE

MARRIAGE STATE.

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* Whatever is delightful in human life, is to be enjoyed in
greater perfection in the married state than in a single con-
dition: for the highest degree of happiness arises from the
friendship of mariied persons. Nothing can be mere entire
and without reserve ;—nothing more zealous, affectionate,
and siucere, than such a friendship ;—nothing more content
and constant than such a couple ;—nor no greater temporal
felicity than to be one of them'.

Printed for the Author, and sold at his house, adjoining the.
I Meeting House, Clapham Common, Sony.- Sold also, by

W. Button and Son, Paternoster Row, London.

ffintcrea at Stationer's fijall.

THEODORE PACB, PRINTER, SLACK FRIARS ROAD, LONDON.

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It is with considerable pleasure that the Author embraces this opportunity, to express his gratitude to those Friends, whose generous exertions, in procuring Subscribers, have enabled him to bring this little work before the Public. Sincerely praying that it may be attended with a divine blessing, and be made instrumental in contributing to the comfort and edification of Married Persons, he most gratefully subscribes himself, their much obliged Friend and Servant,

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INTRODUCTORY LETTER.

Clapham Common, June 19, 131"2.

My Dear Sir,

YOUR obliging letter furnishes me with some pleasing information respecting yourself. I do most cordially congratulate you on the occasion of your having entered into the marriage state: a state evidently best for the human species; and in all respects adapted to double our enjoyments. Many who refrain from marrying do, I fear, manifest a want of dependance upon the Divine Providence, and in so doing, refuse to fulfil a duty which they owe to God, to society, and to themselves.

I remember to have heard an anecdote of a good man, who was about to marry; but whose mind was distressed with painful apprehensions, lest the charge of a family should involve him in difficulties.

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