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1878 - To Girls

Never marry a man who has only his love for you to recommend him. It is very fascinating, but it does not make the man. - If he is not other-wise what he should be, you will never be happy. The most perfect man who did not love you should never be your husband. But though marriage without love is terrible, love only will not do. If the man is dishonorable to other men, or mean, or given to any vice, the time will come when you will either loathe him or sink to his level. It is hard to remember, amidst kisses and praises, that there is anything else in the world to be done or thought of but love-making; but the days of life are many, and the husband must be trusted - a companion, a friend, as well as a lover. Many a girl has married a man whom she knew to be anything but good, "because he loved her so." And the flame has died out on the hearthstone of home before long, and beside it there has been silting one that she could never hope would lead her heavenward or - who, if she followed him as a wife should, would guide her steps to perdition. Marriage is a solemn thing - a choice for life; be careful in the choosing.

The Chapel Hill Ledger
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Sat., June 15, 1878

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