The female advocate; or, A plea for the just liberty of the tender sex, and particularly of married women. Being reflections on a late rude and disingenuous discourse, delivered by Mr. John Sprint, in a sermon at a wedding, May 11th, at Sherburn in Dorsetshire, 1699.
Chudleigh, Mary Lee, Lady, 1656-1710.
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To the Honourable The Lady W—ley.


ALL the World will agree with me, when I tell You that 'tis not because You have any occasion of a Discourse of this kind that I lay these Reflections at Your Ladyship's feet; but because You are a perfect Exam∣ple how little need there is of an unsoci∣able Majesty on the one hand, or a vile Submission on the other, where Virtue and Goodness, Noble and Generous Souls, Ten∣der and Sublime Affections are mutually contemplated and enjoy'd, and do for ever banish every Thought that might begin the least uneasiness. For if the Beauties of Your Mind, and the perfect Agreeableness Page  iv of Your Humor, and the mighty Charms of Your Conversation are enough to melt the Heart of the most barbarous Man, and soften him into a Generous Tenderness; how great is the Happiness of You both, when the noble Partner of Your Joys seems made for You, and has those Great and Endearing Qualities which do suffi∣ciently justify the exalted Passion You have for Him, and the Opinion every one hath of Your Choice!


May You thus go on, Live, Love and be Happy, till by just degrees You pass through all the Joys of this Life to those Above.

Your Ladiship's most obliged and most humble Servant, Eugenia.