More, Hannah. Moral Sketches of prevailing Opinions and Manners, Foreign and Domestic: with Reflections on Prayer. London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1819. First Edition. 
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The book has three sections. The first, Foreign Sketches, are sketches on foreign manners, consisting chiefly of comparisons between French and English opinions of one another. The second begins on p. 117 and is Domestic Sketches, musings on English society from an evangelical point of view. Topics here include Soundness in Judgment, Consistency in Conduct, Novel Opinions in Religion, Exertions of pious Ladies, High Profession and negligent Practice, Auricular Confessions, and Unprofitable Reading. Reflections on Prayer begins at p. 277 and the remainder of the book treats with this subject.
Hannah More (1745-1833), English literary socialite who became an evangelical convert, devoting her life to piety and benevolent efforts. Her spiritual writings were met with wide approval, acclaim, and usefulness. (8400)