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1841 Excerpt: ...and often render nugatory all the efforts of the
schoolmaster. If, on the contrary, she is so well informed as to
appreciate and second his exertions, and strives to fix in the
minds of her children habits of cleanliness, order, refinement of
conduct, and purity of morals, the results will be evident in her
wise and well-regulated household. But if, in addition to these
qualities, she be richly stored with intellectual and moral
treasures, and make it her chief delight to impart them to her
offspring, they will, by their lives and conduct, reflect her
intelligence and virtues throughout society; for there has seldom
been a great or noble character who had not a wise or virtuous
mother. Our first ideas are received from a mother's eye, and much
of our temper and disposition depends on the characters we trace
there; her kindness and benevolence give us peace and joy, but her
angry frowns and capricious temper terrify us, and injure our whole
infantile system. As our perceptions are awakened and faculties
matured, her wise or foolish conduct towards us leaves lasting
impressions of good or evil; her habits, conversation, and example
are readily imitated, and form the foundation of our future
character. Seeing, then, that so much of our early education
depends on the mental and moral qualities of women, should we not
labour, by every means in our power, to qualify them for these
important duties? And when, in addition to these considerations, we
take into account horn much of men's happiness depends upon the
minds and dispositions of women--how much of comfort, cheerfulness,
and affection their intelligence can spread in the most humble
home---how many cares their prudence can prevent, and their
sympathy and kindness alleviate, it ought to redouble our anxiety
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