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welfare of the community. For the ability or inability of woman, to discharge what the Almighty has committed to her, touches the equilibrium [73] of society, and the hidden springs of existence.

Tenderly interested as we are, for the health of our offspring, let us devote peculiar attention to that of our daughters. Their delicate frames require more care, in order to become vigorous, and are in more danger through the prevalence of fashion. Frequent and thorough ablutions, a simple and nutritious diet, we undoubtedly secure for all our children.

But I plead for the little girl, that she may have air and exercise, as well as her brother, and that she may not be too much blamed, if in her earnest play, she happen to tear, or soil her apparel. I plead that she be not punished as a romp, if she keenly enjoy those active sports, which city gentility proscribes. I plead that the ambition to make her accomplished, do not chain her to her piano, till the spinal column which should consolidate the frame, starts aside like a broken reed; nor bow her over her book, till the vital energy which ought to pervade the whole system, mounts into the brain, and kindles the death-fever.

Mothers, if you would do your duty, get a treatise on Anatomy, and become familiar with its rudiments. At least, acquaint yourself with the