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In compiling a reading book for schools, it should undoubtedly be a leadite object to make such a selection as will be likely to exert a salutary influence on the pupil in future life.- Many of the lessons in this compilation have been taken from highly popular works, recently published, which appear

better calculated to inspire the young with a taste for science and literature, and to instil correct moral principles, than any which have before appeared.

It appears highly important that the rising generation should be deeply impressed with the necessity of a proper regard for the Sabbath; and also that the subject of Intemperance, which has been of late so much discussed, should be presented to the youthful mind, in a more striking point of view, than has been done in the school books now in use. In the following lessons, extracts treating of these and other subjects of acknowledged practical importance, have been chosen, in preference to those which are calculated merely to assist the pupil in becoming a good reader.

It has not however been forgotten that variety is indispensable ; and that the usefulness of the book must greatly depend on its containing pieces adapted to correct the monotonous drawl, so frequently heard in the reading of school boys.

More lessons of this character have been inserted than are usually found in similar collections.

It is hoped that these considerations will secure the work a candid examination from those who take an inte rest in the subject of education.

Brookfield, October, 1828.

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CONTENTS.

The names of American authors are printed in small capitals.

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Cultivation of the Mind,

HUMPHREY

Evils of neglecting the early improvement of the Mind, Seed 11

Claims of Society on Young Men.-How to meet them,

Hawes

13

Benevolence of the Deity,

Dick 18

The same Subject,

Wilcox 22

Moral Efficacy of the Sacred Scriptures,

WAYLAND 24

Neatpess,

DENNIE 25

The Miser,

Pollok 27

The Farewell to the Dead,

Mrs. Hemans 28

Charity,

Pollok 30

Formation of Character. Addressed to Young Men,

HAWES 32

Government of the Thoughts,

Jane Taylor 37

The Stranger and his friend,

Montgomery 42

Mode of acquiring the most comprehensive conception

of the Bulk of the Earth,

Dick 43

Magnitude of the bodies which compose the Solar System,

46

Magnitude and Number of the Stars,

47

Rapid Motions of the Celestial Bodies,

49

Popular Illustration of the Motions of the Earth and

Heavens,

51

Painful Results of Lying,

Mrs. Opie 53

The Turban; or the Lie of Flattery,

56

The Ivy.-Addressed to a Young Friend,

B. Barton 62

Christ stilling the Tempest,

Mrs. Hemans 64

Advantages of History,

Dick 65

Discovery of America,

HALE 66

Reception of Columbus in Spain after his Discovery of

America,

W. IRVING 70

Blessings of a Contented Temper,

Blair 73

Means of producing Contentedness,

J. Taylor 74

Formation of Manners,

LETTERS TO A DAUGHTER 77

Domestic Economy,

79

Conversation,

82

Conversation,

Cowper 85

God Omnipresent,

James Edmeston 86

Earthly Fame,

Pollok 87

Speech of Patrick Henry,

Wirt 89

Slavery,

Wilcox 91

Extract from a Parallel between Intemperance and the

Slave Trade,

HUMPHREY 94

Another Extract from the Same,

98

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Occasions of Intemperance,

BEECAER 102

An Authoress and her Auditors,

MRS. OPIE 107

Filial and Fraternal Duties,

DR. BROWN 110

The Voyage of Life,

Dr. Johnson 113

Setelement of Virginia,

HALE 115

Extract from “The Religion of Taste,"

Wilcox 119

Another Extract from the Same,

121

Every man his own Fortune Teller,

Jane Taylor 122

Reflections on the Settlement of New England, WEBSTER 127

Obligations to the Pilgrims,

WHELPLEY 130

Song of the Pilgrims,

UPHAM 131

The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers,

Mrs. Hemans 132

The Safe Side of the Hedge,

TRENTON EMPORIUM 133

Of exercising Attention in Reading,

UPHAM 135

Means of improving the Memory,

136

Instability of Human Existence,

FITCH 139

Rebellion in the State Prison,

N. Ė. GALAXY 140

Specimen of the Eloquence of James Otis,

145

Of Anger,

UPHAM 146

Nancy and Rose,

148

Paraphrase of the Nineteenth Psalm,

Addison 149

The Sacrifice of Abraham,

WILLIS 150

Retirement,

Cowper 153

Due'ling,

BEECHER 154

Moral Sublimity,

WAYLAND 156

Address to the Survivors of the Battle of Bunker Hill, WEBSTER 158

Reflections on the Battle of Lexington,

E. EVERETT 159

The Banian Tree,

Encyclopædia 161

Human Knowledge, scanty as it is truly admirable,

Burgh 163

Savages first seeing a Watch,

science enables us to take an extensive Survey of the

Empire of God,

Dick 166

Elegy written in a Country Churchyard,

Gray 169

The Hour of Death,

Mrs. Hemans 173

Skepticism,

Campbell 174

Satiirday Evening,

TRENTON EMPORIUM 176

The Sabbath,

Wilcox 177

The Importance of the Sabbath, considered as merely

a Civil Institution,

W. JAY 178

Extracts, relating to the Sabbath, from different authors, 180

Vanity confessed,

Watts 182

The Fertility caused by the Nile,

Rollin 185

Forgetfulness,

GUARDIAN AND MONITOR 187

Magnitude of the Ohjects of Missionary Efforts, WAYLAND 190

Anecdote of an Elephant,

LINDLEY MURRAY 191

'Thoughts on Thinking,

CONNECTICUT MIRROR 193

Eloquence of John Adams,

WEBSTER 194

Effects of the modern Diffusion of Knowledge, WAYLAND 199

Right Use of the Scriptures,

A. DICKINSON 202

The ways of God are equal,

Bible 204

Of bridling the Tongue,

205

Indolence,

DENNIE 206

Idleness avoided by the Observation of Order,

Blair ib.

The Art of Printing,

Dick 208

Mariner 165

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