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The Gentlewoman's Companion: or, A Guide to the Female Sex, an electronic edition

by Hannah Woolley [Woolley, Hannah, fl. 1670]

date: 1675
source publisher: Printed by A. Maxwell for Edward Thomas
collection: Early Modern through the 18th Century

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The Answer.

S I R,

IF it hath pleas'd Heaven you should love me, you cannot blame me though you suffer by it; should I accept the tenders of affection from all such amorour pretenders, I might be married to a whole Troop, and make my self a legal Prostitute. My inclinations lean not your way; wherefore give me leave to tell you, That you would do better to bestow your affections on some Lady who hath more need of a Servant | | 247 than I have. And if you think your affection ought not to go unrewarded, receive the perswasions which I give you, never to trouble me more, lest you run a worse hazard by persevering in your intentions. Be advised by her who is.

Your faithful Monitor and humble Servant, etc., I shall swell this Volume into too great a bulk, should I give you patterns of Letters for all decasions; set what I have here set down suffice, referring you for your better information and instruction to the incomparable Letters of Monsieur Voiture, translated into English, Mr. Howel, and Mr. Lovedays Ingenious Letters, with many more; every Booksellers- shop affording great plenty. And now to conclude, pray accept of these ingenious Dialogues, which will tend as well to your further instruction, as recreation.