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READING LESSONS,

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TO SERVE AS

AN INTRODUCTION

TO THE

MODELS OF ENGLISH LITERATURE,

FOR THE USE OF

COLLEGES, ACADEMIES,

AND SCHOOLS.

BALTIMORE:

METROPOLITAN PRESS.

1843.

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Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year eighteen hundred and forty

three, by Louis Regis Deluol, in the Clerk's office, of the District Court of Maryland.

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PREFACE.

The Work which we now publish as an introduction to the MODELS OF ENGLISH LITERATURE, has been compiled in the same spirit, and with the same care, as the Models themselves. In preparing it, we have avoided with the same scrupulous attention, as in the Models, any thing that might be, in the slightest degree, injurious to Religion or Morality, or to that good harmony which should ever be preserved among students.

As the present work is particularly intended for those who, being already able to spell and read, have not yet, however, reached the higher branches of English Literature, we have not thought it necessary to arrange the lessons under different heads, Narrative, Descriptive, etc. Still it has been our endeavor to select none but pieces calculated to captivate the attention, instruct the mind, adorn the imagination, and form the heart of the

We have generally given the preference to American writers; still we have also had recourse to any author from whom we thought a good

young reader.

extract could be made: and we hope that this selectiun will prove useful and entertaining to the young student to whom it is destined, this is our only wish, an' also, the only reward we expect for our labor.

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