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Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women On the Various Duties of Life, Physical, Intellectual, And Moral Development   By: (1818-1908)

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[Transcriber's Note: Obvious printer errors, including punctuation, have been corrected. All other inconsistencies have been left as they were in the original.]

AIMS AND AIDS FOR Girls and Young Women,

ON THE

VARIOUS DUTIES OF LIFE,

INCLUDING

PHYSICAL, INTELLECTUAL, AND MORAL DEVELOPMENT; SELF CULTURE, IMPROVEMENT, DRESS, BEAUTY, FASHION, EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION, THE HOME RELATIONS, THEIR DUTIES TO YOUNG MEN, MARRIAGE, WOMANHOOD AND HAPPINESS.

BY REV. G. S. WEAVER,

AUTHOR OF "HOPES AND HELPS," "MENTAL SCIENCE," "WAYS OF LIFE," ETC.

NEW YORK: FOWLER AND WELLS, PUBLISHERS, 308 BROADWAY. London: William Horsell, 492 Oxford Street. BOSTON: } 1856. { PHILADELPHIA: 142 Washington st.} { No. 231 Arch street.

ENTERED, ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS, IN THE YEAR 1855, BY FOWLER AND WELLS, IN THE CLERK'S OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK.

DAVIES AND ROBERTS, STEREOTYPERS, 201 William Street, New York.

PREFACE.

My interest in woman and our common humanity is my only apology for writing this book. I see multitudes of young women about me, whose general training is so deficient in all that pertains to the best ideas of life, and whose aims and efforts are so unworthy of their powers of mind and heart, that I can not make peace with my own conscience without doing something to elevate their aims and quicken their aspirations for the good and pure in thought and life. Our female schools are but poor apologies for the purposes of mind culture and soul development. The idea of life they inspire is but a skeleton of custom service and fashion worship. It is altogether subservient to what is, not what should be. Society does little else than to teach its girls to be dolls and drudges. The prevailing current of instruction and influence is deplorably low. I feel confident that the best part of society is longing for something better. To obtain it, each one has but to live out, and express to the world his idea of a true life.

In regard to the book I may say, whatever it lacks it has the merit of being in earnest. I hope those who see its deficiencies will make haste to supply them in some form of instruction or encouragement to the class the book addresses. Thinking fathers and mothers and teachers will not complain of this humble effort to serve their daughters and pupils, but will rather add more in a similar direction, and seek to complete what I have endeavored to begin. While life is spared, I hope to work in this field, that my own daughters, as well as those of others, may attain a worthy womanhood.

G. S. W. ST. LOUIS, 1855.

CONTENTS.

Lecture One.

GIRLHOOD.

Angels view Girlhood with Solicitude and Delight Beauty no perpetual Pledge of Safety Nothing in Man or Things impels a Provident Regard for it Blossoming Womanhood an Object of Deep Interest and Pity Girlhood's first Work is to Form a Character It should be Pure and Energetic Woman only a Thing Her Education progressing Physical Health should be Preserved A Woman not Herself without Physical Strength Woman must be Independent, and Earn her own Livelihood Character must Embody Itself in an Outward Form to be of Service to the World Page 9 21

Lecture Two.

BEAUTY.

God a Lover of Beauty Every thing in the Universe Beautiful The Admirer of Beauty should Reverence its Author The Love of Beauty elevating in its Tendency Its Abuses Fearful Man a Part of Nature, and God in all Woman the most Perfect Type of Beauty Youthful Woman exposed to great Temptation Beauty a Charming, but Dangerous Gift The most Beautiful should be the most Pious Beauty of Person Worthless without Loveliness of Character "Strong minded" Women not Beautiful Beauty the Nurse of Vanity Value of Character depreciates with Increase of Beauty when substituted for Moral Worth Beauty only Skin deep Beauty Two fold: Inward and Outward Inward Beauty shines through Beauty of Soul made Washington, Josephine, and Channing glorious Every Woman may be Beautiful Cheerfulness, Agreeable Manners, a Correct Taste, and Kindness should be Cultivated 22 40

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