A Discourse Concerning Old-Age

This 17th century treatise, Steele advises us, is ‘a plain discourse’ designed ‘to instruct, to warn and to comfort the weaker sort of ancient persons’. The author explains that although old age begins at 50 years of age, by adopting ‘a cheerful heart, a sober diet, and moderate exercise’, the ‘decrepit’ stage may, rather mercifully, be ‘deferred … for a time’.

Richard Steele, 1688. Layton Collection 16604


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