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PLEASING COMPANION

FOR

LITTLE GIRLS AND BOYS:

BLENDING

Instruction with Amusement.

BEING A SELECTION OF INTERESTING

STORIES, DIALOGUES, FABLES AND POETRY.

DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND DOMES-

TIC NURSERIES.

BY JESSE TORREY, JUN.

To secure the perpetuation of our republican form of government to future generations,
let Divines and Philosophers, Statesmen and Patriots, unite their endeavours to renovate
the age, by impressing the minds of the people with the importance of educating their
little boys and girls.

S. Adams.

SECOND EDITION, REVISED.

New-¥ork
PUBLISHED AND SOLD BY ISAAC T. HOPPER,

ŽOTEARL-STREET:
AND BY M. T. C. GOULD, NO. 6, NORTH. EIGHTH-STREET,

PHILADELPH'A
Stereotyped by L. Johnson.

to wit.

PUBLIC LIDRANY

489926 ASTOR, LENOX AND

TILDEN FOUNDATIONS. Eastern District of Perinsulaanid, 10.

BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty-fourth day of
March, in the forty-ninth year of the Independence of the United States
of America, A. D. 1824, Jesse Torrey, Jr. of the said district, hath
deposited in this office the title of a book the right whereof he claims as
Author, in the words following, to wit :
A Pleasing Companion for little Girls and Boys: blending Instruction

with Amusement. Being a selection of Interesting Stories, Dialogues,
Fables and Poetry. Designed for the use of primary schools and do-

mestic nurseries. By Jesse Torrey, Jr.
To secure the perpetuation of our republican form of government to future generations,
let Divines and Philosophers, Statesmen and Patriots, unite their endeavours to renovate
the age, by impressing ihe minds of the people with the importance of educating their
little boys and girls.

In Conformity to the Act of the Congreșs of the United States, 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 times therein mentioned;"_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 times therein mentioned,” and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."

D. CALDWELL,
Clerk of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

S. Adams.

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Report of the Committee of the Philadelphia Academy

of Teachers: Adopted Nov. 6, 1824. THE Committee to whom was referred Mr. Jesse Torrey's “Pleasing Companion for Little Girls and Boys,” beg leave to report,

That they have perused the “Pleasing Companion," and have much
pleasure in pronouncing as their opinion, that it is a compilation much
better calculated for the exercise and improvement of small children
in the art of reading, and especially in the more rare art of understand-
ing what they read, than the books in general use.
Ali which is respectfully submitted.

J. IRVINE HITCHCOCK,
PARDON DAVIS,

Committee.
CHARLES MEAD,
A true copy from the-minutes of the Academy.

C. B. TREGO, Sec'y.
Novembe* 22, 1824.

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CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

Selections from the Childrens' Friend."

SECT.

1. William and Thomas; or, the contrast between Industry

and Indolence,

7

2. Mischief its own punishment, exemplified in the history of

William and Henry,

9

3. The Sparrow's Nest,

13

4. Caroline; or, a Lesson to cure Vanity,

15

5. Arthur and Adrian; or, two heads better than one,

20

6. Cleopatra; or, the Reformed Little Tyrant,

22

7. The Bird's Egg,

24

8. Returning good for evil, the noblest revenge,

29

9. Flora and her little Lamb,

32

10. The Fruitful Vine,

34

11. Crazy Lemuel and the Mischievous Boys,

36

12. Anthony and Augustus; or, a rational Education preferable

to Riches,

38

13. The absurdity of Young People's wishes exposed,

42

14. Mr. Denham and his worthy Tenant; or, the contrast be-

44

15. Calumny and Scandal great enemies to Society,

48

16. Gray Hairs made Happy,

50

CHAPTER II.

Selections from Maria Edgeworth's Early Lessons

1. The little boy that was whipped for not telling the truth, 53

2. The orange man; or, the honest boy and the thief,

58

CHAPTER III.

Selections from the History of Sandford and Merton.

1. Consequences of wrong Education, &c.

62

2. The history of Sandford and Merton, continued,

66

3. Ibid,

75

4. The good-natured little boy,

78

5. The ill-natured boy,

82

6. Henry and Thomas overtaken in a snow storm, while taking

a walk in the woods,

89

7. The Story of the people who were overwhelmed in a vast

body of sno:v, which rolled upon their buildings from a

high mountain,

96

CHAPTER IV.

Promiscuous Selections.

1. Respect and affection due from pupils to their tutors,

2. The Sailor and the Monkies,

101

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PAGE 3. Don't give too much for the Whistle,

102 4. The Humane Indian,

103 5. Description of the tremendous eruption of the Volcano of Mount Vesuvius, in October, 1822,

104 6. General Putnam and the Wolf,

106 7. An Indian convinced of the necessity and duty of industry, by the examples of fishes and birds,

108 8. A Dialogue between two School Boys on Dancing,

110 9. The Vicar of Wakefield's account of the Adventure of his

son Moses, when he sent him to the fair to sell his colt, 112 10. The story of Ali Cogia, merchant of Bagdad,

115 11. Story of a cheat caught in a trap of his own invention. From “The Adventures of Hajji Baba,”

119 CHAPTER V.

Fables. FAB. 1. The Vain Jackdaw,

122
2. The Dog and the Shadow,

123
3. The Dog and the Wolf,
4. The Lion and the Mouse,

124
5. Hercules, the fabulous god of strength, and the Carter, ib.
6. Æsop at play,

125 7. The Lion, the Bear, and the Fox,

ib. 8. The Mice in Council,

126 9. The Husbandman and the Stork,

ib. 10. The Shepherd's Boy,

127 CHAPTER VI.

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POETRY. Selected from Poems for Infant Minds." 1. The Idle Boy, 2. The Industrious Boy, 3. The Robin, 4. Never play with fire, 5. The Fox and the Crow, 6. The Pigs, 7. Finery, 8. The Vulgar Little Lady, 9. The last Dying Speech and Confession of poor Puss, 10. The Pond, 11. Greedy Richard, 12. Dirty Jack, 13. Reading, 14. The good-natured Girls, 15. The Cow and the Ass, 16. Tit for Tat, 17. Contented John, 18. The way to be Happy, 19. The Village Green,

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