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Common Problems Among Young Patrons
Lucas, John Seymour. "Flirting," © Corporation of London
My dear Young Patrons,
Although Youth is becoming more and more of a faded memory to your humble Sir Peabody, I do have vague recollections of the fire in my soul during my time of courtship. I do see my fair share of misguided youth, neglected in their moral education by their families, who enter into unhappy marriages and find themselves living in the throes of youth.
Q: Sir Peabody- Could you enlighten me sir, to what is appropriate activity during courtship and what is not? My fair maiden is so beautiful, I often find it hard to keep within the confines of the good moral young man I know I should be! -Signed, A Youth Torn Asunder by Moral Predicament
A: To be answered by Mr. Peabody James Burgh with selections from Youths
Friendly Monitor. (1)
Cyrus: I know the wild inclinations of modern youth. I call upon Burgh once again to say that I tell you beforehand, that taking a full Swing of lawless Pleasure in Youth, you will find by fatal Experience, is only treasuring up to yourself. for all the Remainder of your Life, an inexhaustible Fund of Pain and Torment, upon the most favourable Supposition (2).
Youth are to follow strict conduct. If they have been properly trained in their families with Books such as Daniel Defoes The Family Instructor, they should know better than to stray off the path of morality (3).
Q: Sir Peabody, What characteristics are neccessary in a mate for conjugal
felicity? I am a young virginal maid, sixteen years, and I have read Pamela
but also Roxana, and I do not know whose example to follow! My mother
and father are often at odds with one another, and I do hope you can help
me to elucidate what is proper and what is not.
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