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Delightful Task! lo rear the tender Thought,
To teach the young Idea how to shoot,
To

pour the fresh Instruction o'er the Mind, To breathe th' enlivening Spirit, and to fix The generous Purpose in the glowing breast.

THOMSON.

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RECTOR OF STONESFIELD; VICAR OF HURLEY; CHAPLAIN TO THE EARL OF MOIRA; AUTHOR OF THE BRITISH NEPOS, NATURAL HISTORY FOR SCHOOLS, UNIVERSAL SHORT-HAND,

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Two Hundred and Seventeenth Edition, Revised and Improved.

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The parts of this Spelling-Book, comprising elementary knowledge of peculiar importance, and which should be committed to memory before the child is ten years old, are the three Spelling Tables of Proper Names in the 108th and fola lowing pages; the definitions of the Arts and Sciences begin ning in page 120; the list of Countries and their chief Cities in page 124 and the following pages to 129; the Pence, Muła tiplication, and other Tables, at pages 151 and 152; and the

definitions of the Parts of Speech, with the short Syntax, in ó pages 141 to 143.

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in page 106; the Moral and Practical Observations at page 102; and the Survey of the Universe at page 131; may be intermixed with other studies, according to the discre tion of the judicious Tutor.

When the pupil has made some progress in this work, he will be qualified to proceed to Blair's Reading Exercises, and from thence to the Class Book and British Nepos.

It was a remark of the Publisher, (to whom British youth are under singular obligations for furnishing them with many valuable opportunities of improvement,) when he pressed the execution and plan of this work on the Editor, Spelling-Book frequently constitutes the whole library of a poor child, unless when charity puts a Bible into his hands; and it consequently ought to contain as great a variety of useful matter as the price will permit.” The compilation has been formed strictly on this principle; and it will be felt by every candid Reader, that the child who may be unable to acquire any other literary knowledge than what can be learnt even in this elementary book, need never have reason to blush from total ignorance, or to err from want of a foundation of moral and religious principles.

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