A Treatise concerning the Use and Abuse of the Marriage Bed
Am ſo ſenſible of the Nicety of the following Subject, and the Ill-nature of the Age, that tho' I have Introduc'd it with all the Proteſtations of a reſolv'd Caution, and of tying my ſelf down to all poſſible Modeſty in the whole Work; and tho' I have concluded it with due Explanations, and a free Appeal to the moſt impartial Judges, yet I cannot but add a Word of Preface.
THE juſtneſs of the Satyr, the loud Calls which the Crimes (here reproved) make for Juſtice and a due Cenſure, the dreadful Ruin of the People's Morals, and the apparent Contempt of Modeſty and Decency, which grows ſo viſibly upon us by the ſhameleſs Practice of what is here reprov'd, join all together to vindicate this Undertaking, and to ſhow not the Uſefulneſs only, but the Neceſſity of it.
IT is almoſt thirty Years ſince the Author began this Piece: He has all that Time heard, with a juſt Concern the Complaints of good Men upon the hateful Subject. The Grave and the Sober, the Lovers of Virtue and of Religion, have, with Grief, expreſs'd themſelves upon the growing Scandal; and they have often preſs'd him to finiſh and bring out this Reproof; and have join'd, with his Opinion of the Juſtice of it.
HITHERTO he has been reluctant as to the publiſhing it, and partly on Account of his Years, for it was long ſince finiſhed, and partly in hopes of Reformation; but now, deſpairing of Amendment, grown OLD, and out of the reach of Scandal, and of all the Pretences to it; Sincerely aiming at the Reformation of the Guilty, and deſpiſing all unjuſt Reproaches from a vitious Age, he cloſes his Days with this Satyr; which he is ſo far from ſeeing Cauſe to be aſhamed of, that he hopes he ſhall not, where he is going to, Account for it.
AT leaſt, he can Appeal to that Judge, who he is ſoon to come before, that as he has done it with an upright Intention, for the good of Mankind, ſo he has uſed his utmoſt Endeavour to perform it, in a Manner the leaſt liable to Reflection, and, in his Judgment, the moſt likely to anſwer the true End of it, (viz.) the Reformation of the Crime. And with this Satisfaction, he comfortably prays for its Succeſs.