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Sir Edmund Tumor, Knight, buried at Stoke in Lincolnshire I7°7. P- 73
Mary Countess Dowager of Warwick, who died 167S, p. 77
The Lady Frances Digby, the religious Consort of Simon Lord Digby, before mentioned, , „ p. 83
Mrs. Elizabeth Burnet, late Wife of the Lord Bishop of Sarum, p- 87
The Lady Elizabeth Brook, the Relict «f Sir Robert Biook,
P- 94 Some mention of several other Examples of this fort, together with the blames of the Authors that have given some Account of their great Piety and Virtue, notwithstanding all the Temptations that might arise from their Riches and Honour, p. 99 The Imitation of these Examples earnestly recommended, p. 1 o r
Of the Means of overcoming the Difficulties and Temptations to which the young Gentry may be exposed more than others, p. 103
The instructive as well at animating Examples before produced make it the less necessary to insist much on these Means, p. 104
How muchit concerns young Gentlemen and Ladies to guard themselves against the Flatteries of those that are apt to sooth and caress them, P- i°S
A true and faithful Friend well chosen may furnish them with proper Antidotes against the foyfon of the Flatterer, ■ p. 108
"Useful Considerations for the overcoming the Temptations that arise from the Riches, Pleasures and Honours of this World, p. 11 o
I; Thai they contemplate the Dignity of that rational and immortal Nature which God hat given them, together with the more vile, fading, and perishing Nature of all the Things of this lower World, and how insufficient they are to make them happy, iblf«
a. That they labour by a lively Faith to take a daily Prospect of the great, future, eternal Things of the other World, p. 115
3. That they humbly and affectionately contemplate, adore, and imitate our most meek, and lowly, self-denying, and crucify d Saviour, p. ill
4. That by daily and fervent Prayer they derive supernatural Steength from above, far the resisting and conquering the Allurements of the World, P- 1*6
5. That they watch, as well as pray, that they enter not into Temptation, 'p. 127
6. That they arm themselves with a st ed fast absolution at all times to chuse and act according to that true Judgment of Things which if the Result of a watchful Circumspection, p. 133
7. That they furnish themselves wish particular Arguments against she particular Sins to which their Ranl^, and Quality, and Condition in the World, may occasionally expose them. As against being proud of their Birth or Fortune, against Contempt of meaner People, oppressing the Poor, Luxury, Intemperance, Lascivioufness, and all immoderate Love of or Complacency in any Earthly Enjoyments, p, 13 5
Of the Advantages the Young Gentry enjoy above others, and the Way to make an early and happy Improvement of them, p. 152
In these Particulars there is the less need of enlarging, because they have been considered by the pious, learned, and ingenuous Author of The Gentleman's Calling. They are here briefly treated of in a more plain and easy Stile, in the same Order in which he enumerates them. As,
-■'. The Advantage of an ingenuous Education, p. 1 56
1. That of Wealth, p. 163
3. That of Time or Leisure, p. 169
4. That as Authority or Influente upon others, especially upon Dependents and Inferiors, p. 171
j. That of Reputation and Esteem in the World, ibid.
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A DVE 1\TI S E M E NT.
•THE former Book, unto which this refers, was publish* * ed with this Title, Youth's Grand Contern: Or, Advice to Toung Persons how to begin betimes to be wife, and good, and happy. The first Edition of which being fold, there is now in the Press a Second Edition thereof, almost ready to be published.
London, Printed for John Wyat, ut the Rose in St. Paul'* Churchyard.
THERE is no great need of instructing Young Gentlemen and Ladies what Ascendant they have over their Inferiors by Privileges of Birth, Titles of Honour, Precedency, Riches, and the like external Advantages, which distinguish them from meaner People. These things for the most part they soon understand, and sufficiently value. But with a tender Regard to their Souls, as well as with all Deference to their Quality, I beg Leave to remind them of a far more important Distinction a* mongst themselves than the fore-mentioned between them and others, viz. That those of them alone are truly noble and honourable to whom Honour is due upon a higher Account, and in whom it is made durable and immortal by the Addition of a solid intrinsick Goodness
to to the superficial and vanishing Splendor of outward Greatness. Such of them mall be renowned while they* live, and carry Honour and Felicity with them into another World, where.they "shall for ever enjoy the utmost Consummation thereof in the Perfection of Glory, while the rest, who neither love nor chuse what is really good, notwithstanding all the glittering Appearance of Earthly Pomp, shall be extinguished with Ignominy, and forced to lie down at last in obscure Darkness, insupportable Anguish, and eternal Confusion.
The very Heathen Philosophers, Historians, Poets, and Orators, do all agree, that Honour and Nobilitytook its first Rife from Virtue; and some of them are so severe as to maintain, That Virtue is the only true Nobility, the only substantial lasting Honour, far above all the perishing Shadows of it. Neither will they give any Man Leave to arrogate to himself the Merit of 'his Ancestors, but plainly tell him, that unless he himself act worthily he dishonours his noble Progenitors, disgraces himself, and entails a Blemisti on his Posterity. Is it not then greatly to be lamented, that any Persons, descended from an ancient and illustrious Family, ingenuously educated, and possessing fair fixates, magnificent Houses, and large Revenues, should have no just Sense of Honour, nor take any Care that their Lives and Actions answer the Nobility of their Extraction, and the Eminency of their Rank and Station? Although their Titles and Escocheons may
shew that their Ancestors had Piety and Virtue, Courage and Magnanimity; that they adored God, obeyed their Prince, served their Country, and were famous in their Generation*; yet if any of the Posterity of such worthy Persons stall so far degenerate as to lead an atheistical and profane, or a lewd and dissolute, or a voluptuous and effeminate Life, will the Glory of their Ancestors preserve them, either from the Disesteem of Men, or the Reproaches of their own Minds, or the Indignation of Almighty God?
This fort of Preface, more honest than polite, may-perhaps seem not very proper to conciliate the good Opinion of some Young Pdrsons of Quality, who are every Day entertained with Applauses and Panegyricks, Complements and Caresses. But I would humbly beseech them to consider with themselves who is the Man that does them the mo'st faithful Service. Is he the treacherous/flatterer, who intoxicates and destroys them with his luscious Poyson? ©r-is- he no*"rather the sincere Monitor, who by plain Advice opens their Eyes, that they may fee and avoid their Danger?
Early Piety, which I have recommended in a former Book as the Grand Concern of south in general, is as much the Concern of the Young Nobility and Gentry in particular as of any others. The Supreme Father and Lord of the Universe has proposed to all sorts of Persons, whether high or low, rich or poor, ,: th^