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Fully titled Golden Steps to Respectability, Usefulness, and Happiness: Being a Series of Lectures to Youth of Both Sexes, on Character, Principles, Associates, Amusements, Religion, and Marriage. The author, John Mather Austin, also wrote Voice to Youth, Voice to Married, and more. These "lectures" were originally written as sermons, but were published with the intent for a wider audience of young adults to, "...influence them to honestly, industry, sobriety, and religion." In this first section of the book, Austin discusses the importance of a good reputation, principles, and purpose. He also discusses selecting associates and the importance of forming good habits in youth. This section ends in the middle of the author's discussion of religion. This book has a handwritten dedication reading: "To Miss Jane S. Harlow, from her affectionate uncle, The Author."
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youth, young adults, young men, young women, character, principles, religion, marriage, self-improvement, reputation, purpose, associates, friends, habits
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Austin, John Mather, "Golden Steps for Youth (Part One)" (1850). Mother Home & Heaven. 44.