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they cannot be prevailed upon to forego either, for the purpose of investigating elaborate and literary performances. To such characters this work will be peculiarly suitable: it will perhaps give them a relish for reading, and stimulate them, when they have perused this, to investigate larger performances on the same subject : it will give them to see the vanity of riches; fatality of folly; the futility of flattery; the utility of virtue, and, above all, the indispensable necessity of religion ; which alone


"Lay tire rough paths of peevish nature even, And open. In each breast a little heaven." If this perforinance has all ar any of these intrinsicafig.excellent tendencies, iny object is gained. In order to accomplish this end, I have, in the miscellaneous department of this work selected a number of entertaining pieces, all of which have a tendency to inculcate on the volatile mind the necessity of virtue and religion. To profound erudition; refinement in sentiment, or per

The pieces,

fection in composition, I do not pretend: it is my especial des gn to simplify my langague, and accomodate my matter to the capacities of my uninto med readers; and to compress that miiter in as small a.compass as possible I give, or attempt to give, the essence of the subjects I discuss. therefore, in the different departme is of this work have been partly composed and partly compiled on purpose for it: and with respect to the subsequent addresses, those, who fos, one moment reflect on the degeneracy of the age in which we live, and the deleterious, examples placed before the rising generation, will not, I am morally certain, conceive them to be sucertuous or núgatory.

The judicious critic will, I am confident, draw a vail over the literary inaccuracies in the subsequent addresses, when I declare to him that they did not undergo a single transcription.

What can be more important than to inculcate the precepts of moral rectitude on the juvenile mind; and to guard the rising generation from the evil examples placed before them, in this degenerate age. How many poor unhappy children, are prematurely ruined by the bad examples of their parents, or the licentious precepts of their tutors. The' present work is therefore, not only intended to illuminate the understanding, but also to inspire the heart with the love of virtue.

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To Parents, on the Necessity of Cultivating

the Intellectual Faculties of their Children.

A PERSON previous to his intel. lectual improvement is like an image in the heart of the solid marble, that has not as yet experienced the ingenuity of the artist. Aristotle says, “That the figure is in the stone, and the sculptor only finds it;" whose business, no doubt, is to polish and beautify it. This similitude will hold good with respect to children unlettered and uncultivated : they may possess great natural talents, which, without some im provement, will remain in eternal obscuri. ty; hence on account of the impolitic, the parsimonious, or I should rather have said, the barbarous neglect of many parents, their children live and die in ignorance, when they might, with little cultivation, have become philosophers or statesmen. We often see even the blaze of genius bursting thro' every barrier, and producing prodigies of valour in the savage, which, for the want of refinement, is more proper. ly fierceness : cunning in the plebian, which with caltivation would be metamorphosed

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