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CONCERN, CORNER OF MAIN AND EIGHTH STREETS.
R. P. THOMPSON, PRINTER.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1856,
BY SWORMSTEDT & POE,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern Dis.
trict of Ohio.
YOME eight or ten years since, the editor of this series
suggested to the then Book Agent at New York the propriety and usefulness of attempting to supply, in some measure, at least, a sort of general literature for fireside reading. His idea was that it should be “secular,” as distinguished from strictly “religious," designed to interest and instruct all classes of general readers, but especially adapted to the young. The suggestion was received with favor, and the editor was urged to bear the subject in mind in his miscellaneous reading, and to prepare such a work. From that time forward, he has been making a note of such matter, as it chanced to come up before him, though not with any distinct notion of publishing. His attention having been lately directed again to the subject, and the publication seeming to be called for, he has revised and retrenched his material, and now presents the result in a series of five volumes, under the general title of "Fireside Reading." Each volume, so far as the subject-matter and mode of treatment are concerned, is entirely independent in itself; and may, therefore, be purchased by itself, or the whole series together, at the option of the purchaser.
The labor of preparing the work for publication has been considerable, much more than the editor imagined it would be or he would scarcely have undertaken it