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In making fele&ions for the following work, a preference has been given to the productions of American genius. The compiler, however, bas not been wholly confined . to America ; but has extracted from approved writers of different ages and countries. Convinced of the impropriety of instilling false notions into the minds of children, he has not given place to romantic fiâion. Although moral elays have not been negle&led; yet pleasing and interesting stories, exemplifying moral virtues, were judged best calculated to engage the aitention and improve the heart. Tales of love have not gained admifion.

The compiler "pledges himself, that, while this book contains nothing offensive to the most rigid moralist, vieither a word nor a sentiment shall be found, which would raise a blush on the cheek of modesty."

In the arrangement of pieces, the ufual order has not been obferved. But with design to render it more entertaining to chil. dren, dialogues, orations, historical anecdotes, &c. with the different kinds of reading in prose and verse, are variously interspersed through the whole work.

For the conveniency of large classes, the several pieces are divided into paragraphs of a moderate length; the utility of which, those conversant in the instruction of youth will readily discover. Infru&ors are allured, that the inconveniency ari. Jing from the frequent alterations in the different editions of jchool-books will never be experienced in this.

The compiler is far from wihing to establish the merits of this, by making objeäions to other performances. Improvement has been bis object. How far he has succeeded, a candid public will decide.

Boston, May, 1794.

GENERAL Direktions, &c.

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BLAIR

Select Senter.ces

A Hint to Parents

KNOX

On the Duty of School Boys

ROLLIN

The History of Joseph, abridged

PERCIVAL
A short System of Virtue and Happiness

KNOx

The Child trained up for the Gallows LIVINGSTON

Character of Fidelia

ADDISON

History of Jerusalem

Encyclopedia

The faithful American Dog

HITCHCOCK

Filial Duty and Affection

The Bee

On the starry Heavens

ADDISON

Of Queen Mary and the Martyrs

Story of Logan, a Mingo Chief

JEFFERSON

The aged Prisoner released from the Baftile MERCIER

Account of Columbus

Columbia

DWIGHT

Description of Babylon

MIDDLETON

The Sailor and the Monkies

The brave Soldier's Revenge

Oration on Female Education

Fernando Cortez and William Penn LYTTLETON

The Whiftle

FRANKLIN

True Patriotism, displayed at the Siege of Calais

HUME

Sublimiiy of the Scriptures

HABAKKUK, St. John

Anecdote of Montesquieu

The benevolent Pair

The unfortunate Philanthropist

SPARMAN

St. Paul's Speech before King Agrippa

Cruelty to Animals

JENYNS

Speech of Nicolaus

Integrity

The little Girl's Address to the Visitants Mrs. MORTON

Advice to a young Tradesman

FRANKLIN

Parental Affc&tion. Story of the Bear

The Victim. An Indian Story

Bossu

The Art of Pleasing

KNOX

Example of Justice and Magnanimity

The Duelliffs. Scene between Edward and Henry

Speech of Mr. Pitt on the Slave Trade

The Slaves. An Elegy

MERRY

The humane Indian

The Mammoth

JEFFERSON

Dialogue upon Female Education

LAVINIA

Singular Adventure of Gen. Putnam HUMPHREYS
Extract from Dr. Warren's Oration
Self-Interest

BERQUIN

On Profane Swearing

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