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Pretty Doings in a Protestant Nation

by Father Poussin

Sappho, as she was one of the wittiest Women that ever the World bred, so she thought with reason, it would be expected she should make some Additions to a Science in which Womankind had been so successful: What does she do then? Not content with our Sex, begins Amours with her own, and teaches the Female World a new sort of Sin, call'd the Flats, that was follow'd not only in Lucian's time, but is practis'd frequently in Turkey, as well as at Twickenham at this Day.

SOURCE: Father Poussin, Pretty Doings in a Protestant Nation, London, 1734, pp. 23-4. The passage was plagiarised almost verbatim (omitting the reference to Lucian) in Satan's Harvest Home: or the Present State of Whorecraft, Adultery, Fornication, Procuring, Pimping, Sodomy, And the Game at Flatts, London, 1749, p. 18.

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