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LETTER OF ADVICE
MATTHEW, GABRIEL, ANNE, MARY, AND FRANCES HALE.
BY SIR MATTHEW HALE,
LORD CHIEF JUSTICE IN THE REIGN OF CHARLES 11.
Now first published.
PUBLISHED BY WELLS AND LILLY.
SOLD BY VAN WINKLE AND WILEY, NEW-YORK; WEBSTERS AND
A LETTER OF ADVICE,
FOR SO I must call you, not only as you are descended from me, but also because, by the death of your parents, I stand, as it were, your immediate father.
I am now grown to a great age, (threescore and four years,) and am now hastening out of this world into a better; and you are all very young, and setting out for a voyage into this world, like small pinnaces into a dangerous and troublesome sea full of rocks, and shoals, and storms, and tempests, and I cannot do a more seasonable and fatherly office, than to prescribe you some rules and directions, which by the blessing of God, may be a help and guidance to you to steer and order your course through it when I am gone; and this is the business of this letter.