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District of Pennsylvania, to wit:
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the seventeenth Seni
day of November in the thirty-fifth year of the independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1810,
Francis Nichols of the said district hath deposited in this office, the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
“Decerpta ex P. Ovidii Nasonis Metamorphoseon Libris, Notis
Anglicis illustrata. In Usum Scholarum." In conformity to the act of the congress of the United States, intituled, "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein atentioned.” And also to the act, entitled " An act supplementary to an Act, entitled, "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the time therein mentioned,” and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.*
TO THE AMERICAN EDITION.
· TEACHERS have long complained of the want of a selection of the most useful and interesting parts of Ovid's Metamorphoses, which should be cheap, and free from any sentiments of a licentious tendency. Their wishes, it is hoped, will be gratified by the publication of this selection, which was originally made for the use of the ancient and celebrated classical school of Eton, in England, and has been long and generally read in the public grammar schools throughout Britain.
English translations of Latin authors are beginning to be generally and justly rejected in our most respectable seminaries. To the use of translations, both of Greek and Roman authors, there are many strong objections, which cannot however be stated in this place.
Notes are a kind of assistance to the classical student, which, in the opinion of masters of the greatest emi. nence, may be allowed with advantage. They are almost indispensably necessary to boys in reading many Greek and Latin books; and, if judiciously selected, may in all Cases be rendered convenient and useful.
They ought not, however, like the tedious notes of the editions In Usum Delphini, to explain every point at