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LONDON:
T. NELSON AND SONS, PATERNOSTER ROW;

EDINBURGH ; AND NEW YORK

MDCCCLXI.

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Preface.

This volume completes the Course of Reading Books in Nelson's School Series. The Editor regrets that its publication has been delayed considerably beyond the time expected. It is now presented to Teachers, in the belief that it will be found a valuable addition to English School Literature.

In arrangement, as in choice of subjects, it differs from any existing book. A glance at the contents will show that it includes a great variety of interesting and instructive readings, from the best English writers.

In continuation of the plan of the previous volume of the Series, (The Senior Reader,) a geographical arrangement has been followed with the selections from works of travel and history. Interspersed with these, are a large number of miscellaneous readings in literature and science.

The Selections from the Poets are more numerous than in any other book of the kind ; so numerous, that, if necessary, the Teacher may pass over some of them, choosing those he considers best adapted for his class. All the pieces, however, are choice specimens of the English Poets, and should become familiar to every pupil, by study either at school or at home.

December 1865.

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