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LONDON PRIXTIED BY VIRTU'E AND CO.

CITY ROAD

PREFACE.

A BOOK on Home ought not to accounted homely, and on that account disparaged, for Home is a portion of the State, and the State is made up of Homes; and he who can influence families for good, is doing one of the greatest political services.

At the present time Communism is reviving all over Europe, and, if it should prevail, Home would be one of the first things that would suffer. Few Communists have been so wise and good as Plato ; yet his theory was destructive of two things very dear to us—the Home and the Family.

An attempt is made in this volume to introduce physiology as an interpreter of conduct and character. That this is a sound method one can question, who observes how much the soul is influenced by the body, and also by other physical circumstances—such as wind, weather, and climate. The effect of this doctrine is to augment compassion and long-suffering, toleration and sympathy, which have long been among the wants of the world.

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