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made, but I have yet seen no book which could be safely trusted in the hands of the young in this country, as furnishing a guide to manners, except, indeed, the "Young Lady's Friend,1' which is an excellent work for those to whom it is addressed. Lord Chesterfield's Letters to his son are written with great vivacity and dis­crimination, but, however well they may be adapted to a certain class in English society, I should be sorry to see them in the hands of our American youth. They are, throughout, founded in selfishness, and carry the impression that good appearances are of the utmost importance, while principle is either insignificant or secon­dary. Though they may inculcate the forms and ceremonies of politeness, they must ever fail of communicating that best and highest finish of good breeding, a feeling of good will, shining through looks, words and actions. In the absence of what appears to be a good manual of manners for parents to place in the hands of their children, one that is suited to our republican country, to a state of society which exists nowhere else and has never existed be­fore. I shall offer a few brief remarks upon the subject; hoping, however, that the author of Home, or some other lady in this country, who combines that writer's views of society with the
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