A dedication

There appears to be only one dedication in Priscilla’s books. In Instinct Displayed she wrote ‘to my Grandsons Edward Gibbon Wakefield and Barclay Head’ the following:

My Dear Boys

I present this little work to you, as a mark of my tender affection, and solicitude to form your taste to everything that leads to virtue and goodness. The attributes of the Deity are displayed in his works, which surround us in every part of the habitable globe; and the deficiency will be ours if we neglect the opportunities of reading in this volume of natural religion, which lies open to all mankind, and is written in a universal language. All may observe, and those who do, must perceive the existence of a great Creator, from the consummate wisdom and goodness that is apparent in his designs. Accustom yourselves to see every thing with an accurate eye, and reflect upon what you see; and in the course of a few years you will be a treasure in more advanced years, when your time will be engrossed by the necessary occupation of life.

 With the warmest wishes for your welfare and happiness.

 I am

Your affectionate grandmother

Priscilla Wakefield


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