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pursuit, your Majesty has uniformly difplay'd to a delighted people, the noblest principles, ripend by early culture; and for that reason, you will be the more difposed to favour every rational plan for advancing the art of training up youth, Among the many branches of education, that which tends to make deep impresfions of virtue, cught: to be a fundamental object in a well-regulated government: for depravity of manners will render ineffectual the most falutary laws; and in the midst of opulence, what other means to prevent such depravity but carly and virtuous discipline? The British discipline is susceptible of great improvements ; and if we can hope for them, it must be from a young and accomplished Prince, eminently sensible of their importance. To establish a complete system of education, seems reserved by Providence for a Sovereign who commands the hearts of his subjects. Success will crown the undertaking, and endear



THE THIRD to our latest posterity.

THE most elevated and most refined pleasure of human nature, is enjoy'd by a virtuous prince governing a virtuous people; and that, by perfecting the great system of education, your Majesty may very long enjoy this pleasure, is the ardent wish of

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PREFACE to the Second Edition.

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, affords to writers great opportunity of receiving instruction from every quarter. The author of this treatise, having always been of opinion that the general taste is feldom wrong, was resolved from the beginning to submit to it with entire resignation : its severeft disapprobation might have incited him to do better, but never to complain. Finding now the judgement of the public to be favourable, ought he not to draw fatisfaction from it? He would be devoid of sensibility were he not greatly satisfied. Many criticisms have indeed reached his ear; but they are candid and benevolent, if not always just. Gratitude therefore, had there been no other motive, must have rous'd his utmost industry to clear this edition from all the defects of the former, so far as they were Juggested by others, or discovered by himself. In a work containing many particulars both new and abstruse, it was difficult to express every article with sufficient perspicuity; and after all the pains bestow'd, there remained


certain passages which are generally thought obscure. The author giving an attentive ear to every censure of this kind, has, in the present edition, renewed his efforts to correct every such defect; and he would gladly hope that he has not been altogether unsuccessful. The truth is, that a writer, who must be polesed of the thought before he can put it into words, is but ill qualified to judge whether the expression be sufficiently perspicuous: in this particular, he must take upon himself to judge for the reader, who can much better judge for himself.

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June 1763.

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