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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.
The History of Joseph, abridged
History of Jerusalem
On the starry Heavens
True Patriotism, displayed at the Siege of Calais
Singular Adventure of Gen. Putnam HUMPHREYS