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The Publishers have the pleasure of laying before the public the following testimonial of “Readings for Young Men, Merchants, Business Men, &c.," from the Hon. LORENZO SABINE, author of the History of the American Loyalists, &c., and Secretary of the Boston Board of Trade.
Boston, Dec. 11, 1858. Messrs. James Munroe & Co.
GENTLEMEN: I am delighted with the little book “ Readings for Young Men, Merchants, Business Men, &c.” (placed in my hands by my friend, Hon. Alexander H. Rice,) and cannot refrain from telling you so. With all my heart, I hope you will reprint it. The remarks which we hear every day are false, if the classes to whom it is addressed do not need-much need—th counsels and warnings which it contains. And I think the book would be read ; for the author has wisely remembered the significant words placed over the study-door of a clergyman of the olden time—“Be Short." Nearly one hundred topics are embraced in one hundred and seventy two 16mo. pages ; and, in the main, how well are they treated ! How lofty the tone of morality, how nice the sense of personal and mercantile honor, which everywhere appear ? The means of success in life, how justly stated; how frequently and earnestly are we reminded that wealth, desirable every way, is not, after all, the highest.object of pursuit. How much of the good, old fashioned common sense is found in the pithy article on energy rightly and uprightly directed ; in that on the difference between energy and activity; and those on firmness, attention to details, integrity, industry, steadiness of purpose, sincerity and its converse ; on the distinction between the man of business and the business man, and on the necessity of perseverance, punctuality, and self-reliance. The page devoted to“ Character better than Credit,” should be read at the head of every family every day; and so should the half page,—“Maxims for Guidance through Life ; ” while the “ Aphorisms for Business Men,” deserve to be committed to memory, and to be repeated with one's prayers at night; and what a gem is that other half page—“ What a Merchant should be.” But enough; I meant to drop a line merely, and will stop ere I write a letter.