I fear a false politeness and the pomps and vanities of the world, eat out the vitals of religion in this place.

Some of those present, I believe, thought I was too strict, and were very strenuous in defence of what they called innocent diversions; women are as much enslaved to their fashionable diversions as men are to their bottle and their hounds. Self-pleasing, self-seeking is the ruling principle in both; and therefore such things are to be spoken against.