MONTHLY LETTER TO YOUNG WOMEN.
I am constantly hearing of some of you being married, and I often wonder with how many of you the early joy will last; how many of you will bye and bye thank God you ever became wives; how many a husband will thank God that you became his wife.
This has led me to think, I might perhaps help you, by telling you some of the reasons why hundreds, may I not say thousands of husbands and wives, would, if they could, be husbands and wives no longer. This is a terrible state of things — but one which exists around us on every hand.
Let us look the matter plainly in the face, for surely if any of us are wives, or expect to be — it behoves us to ask, whether we are likely to make the home as bright, and the husband as happy, as a home and a husband ought to be.
Now, may I tell you where, I think, many of us women make great mistakes in our ideas about married life ?
We have the very selfish notion that the great or chief object of marrying is to get happiness, — to have some one, who is going to do little else but try to make us happy. I believe this is one fruitful source of married misery. I am not now looking at the husband's side of the question, — nor do I say that he ought not to try and make his wife happy; — if he is worthy the name of husband, he will do this; — but I do say, — that a girl who