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English Ladies

IT is necessary to premise, that the present strictures concerning our Country, our Divines, and our lovely Country-Women, were written in the days when our great grandmothers were Misses.

Menage says—“Mr. D, tells me that, in England, the public places are crouded with the daughters and the wives of the Clergy. The reason is, that the livings there, being very fat ones, all the English Ladies who are fond of their ease and good living, and who are more partial to the present hour than to the future, are in raptures to marry a Parson; who on his side, never fails, according to the character of a good Ecclesiastic, of selecting the most beautiful. After his death, mother and daughters find themselves probably in the greatest distress; and, as they are in general very handsome, they put into practice all their smiles and all their graces; and, for this reason, chase the public resorts of Fashion where they may attract notice. We Catholics should be grateful to the Council of Trent, that prohibited our Ecclesiastics from marriage, and thus obviated the inconveniences which such marriages produce.”