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and the use which the teacher should make of it, are given somewbat in full.

As the prefixes and affixes constitute an important class of vocables, varying the sense of words to an almost unlimited extent, a table of those most frequently found united with primitive words, is annexed to this book. Occasionally, in defining a word, its derivation and etymology are pointed out by a reference to the table. This method has been introduced merely as a model to guide the pupil in examining the composition of words. In this way not only a knowledge of the prefixes and affixes will be secured, but the signification of the primitive or radical word will be ascertained. In our selections for the reading lessons, we have had special regard to mental refinement and moral purity — to the dignity, nature, and object of literature, whether embodied in poetry, to please the fancy, - in the drama to move the passions, — or in the form of prose, to instruct or persuade. In each case, intellect is displayed, the principles of rhetoric are observed, and the tropes and figures, either for beautifying the description or invigorating the diction, are appositely employed.

Boston, August 1, 1848.



Moral and Literary Studies,..

Bishop Potter. 57

The Convict Ship,

T. K. Hervey. 69

Remarks on the preceding piece,


What the Teacher should be,

Martineau. 61

Value of Books,....

Bishop Potter. 63


Hemans. 65

Notice of Mrs. Felicia Hemans,.


Gospel Benevolence and Human Feeling,

.Dr. Chalmers. 67

On Genius and Fame,.....

... Hazlitt. 68

The Old Man on the Mossy Stone,

. Ralph Hoyt. 70

Silence and Meditation,...

Martineau. 74

Injudicious Haste in Study,.

..John Locke. 77

Notice of John Locke,


Pleasures of Hope,...

. Campbell. 80

Importance of Scientific Knowledge to the Manufacturer and Practical

Mechanic, ....

G. C. Verplanck. 81

Aspiration of Youth,....

.James Montgomery. 84

Notice of James Montgomery,

. Cyclo. Eng. Lit. 84

Practice and Habit,.

.John Locke. 85

Pleasures of Memory,

.. Rogers. 87

Notice of Rogers,

Cyclo. Eng. Lit. 88

The Elder's Death-Bed,..

Wilson. 88

The Evening Cloud,...

Wilson. 93

Beauties of Natural History,

. Mavor. 94

Home, ......

.....James Montgomery. 96

The Results of Misdirected and Guilty Ambition,...Dr. Adam Smith. 97

Notice of Dr. Adam Smith,

Cyclo. Eng. Lit. 99


Sergeant Talfourd. 99

Ararat, a Sacred Mountain,.

.....J. T. Headley. 100

The Same, continued,..


The Fall of Niagara,

.J. G. C. Brainard. 107

The Voices of the Dead,.

. Dewey 107

The Same, continued,..

Wife, Children, and Friends,

W. A. Spencer. 113

Insignificance of this Earth,.

Dr. Chalmers. 114

Notice of Dr. Thomas Chalmers,

Cyclo. Eng. Lit. 116

The Pebble and the Acorn,..

.H. F. Gould. 117

Difference between Taste and Genius,

.. Blair. 119

Talent and Genius,

E. Bulver. 120

The Cultivation of Taste,.

Blair. 121

Elegy written in a Country Churchyard,

.Gray. 124

Notice of Thomas Gray,......


Interview between Jeanie Deans, the Duke of Argyle, Queen Caroline,

and Lady Suffolk,

Walter Scott. 13C

Letter on Punning,


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Pollok. 169

The Bashful Man,


The Same, continued,.


King Richard's Resignation,

Shakspeare. 178

Every Man is great,

Channing. 180

The Same, continued,


Vanoc's Patriotism,

. Philips. 184

The Memory of Joy,

Greenwood. 187

The Same, continued,


Marco Bozzaris,

........ Halleck. 191

On Wisdom,

Robert Hall. 193

The Happiest Wife in Rome,.

..Sheridan Knowles. 195

The Love of Fame,

Washington Irving. 196

On Life, Death, and Immortality,

Young. 198

Refuge in Divine Love, ......

...Miss Ferrier. 201

The Power of choosing within ourselves; Destiny denied,.....James. 203


Chalmers. 205

The Wind,...

Resistance to a Much-abused Power,.





Channing. 210

The Same, continued,..


The Ideas of the Divine Mind, the Origin of every Quality pleasing to

the Imagination,....

..... Akenside. 214

Notice of Mark Akenside,.

Cyclo. Eng. Lit. 215


Bishop Potter. 216

The Rich Man and the Beggar,..

Pollok. 219

The Simple Man and the Wise Man,

Pollok. 222

On Shakspeare,......

Morgan. 223

Hamlet and Horatio,....

. Shakspeare. 225

Remarks on the preceding Dialogue,


Brutus and Cassius. Street Scene,

. Shakspeare. 229

.... 208

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