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SCHOOL OF WISDOM, iii
CONTAINING A COPIOUS COLLECTION
SUBLIME AND ELEGANT EXTRACTS,
MOST EMINENT WRITERS,
Morals, Religion, and Government.
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not remembered. He may therefore juftly be numbered among the
PRINTED FOR THE EDITOR'y;3
By S. C. USTICK, Burlington, N. J.
I HE selections of lessons for reading in schools now in use, are numerous, and many of them contain excellent essays of various kinds. But in general, those essays are too long, to be read at once ; and when they are divided into parts, and read at different times, it is obvious that the connection is entirely broken, and that a great part of the advan. tages proposed to be derived from reading are lost.
To obviate this objection, the volume now offered to the . public, is principally composed of short passages, each complete in itself and independent of the rest. When children read in classes, each may here have an entire subject.
To some of the extracts, it may perhaps be objeded, that they are above the understanding of youth: But it is believed their capacities are too frequently under-rated; and that it often happens, through such a pernicious mistake, that
they spend their time in reading idle tales and stories, when i they might be employed in treasuring up a store of useful
maxims to guide them through the thorny path of life with
safety and honour to themselves, and advantage to the come-munity.
In making the selection, considerable pains have been taken. Many of the works of the most celebrated writers have been carefully examined—and numerous passages are to be found from Shakespeare, Dryden, Milton, Pope, Young,
Watts, Rowe, Addison, Swift, Brooke, Fielding, Hervey, 3 Johnson, Price, Montesquieu, and other aathors of equal repu· Station. To familiarize the rising generation with the perusal pe of such illustrious writers, can hardly fail to prove falutary.
The introduction of political sentiments into a work intended principally for youth, will probably be censured by some persons. It may not therefore be improper to offer the reasons that led to the adoption of this plan.