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BY CALEB BINGHAM, A. M.
* TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD 60,-"
June 13, 1940
P R E F A. C E. Educt 758.01.208 ..
IN making selections for the following work, a preference has been given to the productions of American genius. The Compiler, however, has not been wholly confined to America ; but has extraded 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 fiftion. Although moral elays have not been neglected; yet pleasing and interesting stories, exemplifying moral virtues, were judged best calculated to engage the attention and improve the heart. Tales of love have not gained admision.
The Compiler pledges himself, that, while this back contains nothing offensive to the most rigid moralist, neither a word nor a sentiment Mall be found, which would « raise a blush on the cheek of modely."
In the arrangement of pieces, the usual order has not been observed. But with design to render it more entertaining to children, dialogues, arations, 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 feveral pieces are divided into paragraphs of a moderate length ; the utility of which, those conversant in the instruâion of youth will readily' discover. Instructors are assured, that the inconveniency arifing from the frequent alterations in the different editions of school-books will never be experienced in this.
The Compiler is far from wishing to establish the merits of this,' by making objeäions to other performances. Improvement has been his obje&t. How far he has succeeded, a candid public will decide.
Boston, May, 1794.
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