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   “Let it be then your first solicitude to exhibit, in your early life and single state, all those general and moral beauties which form the character of virgin excellence.

Be holy, industrious, modest, benevolent, and useful: inspire hope in every beholder, and awaken expectation.

But then, be ever anxious, studious, and prayerful, that in the transition from single to the wedded state; in the development of the girl into the woman, all that was lovely, artless, and simple in youthful charms, shall, with unbroken and unvarying consistency, ripen into all that is holy, estimable, venerable in the wife, the mother, and the matron.”

John Angell James
(1785-1858)
In his book, Female Piety

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