IN revising the FOURTH READER, the aim has been-
has with the other books of the Series-to preserve unimpaired
all the essential characteristics of MCGUFFEY'S READERS. New
pieces have been substituted for old ones only where the ad-
vantage was manifest.
The book has been considerably enlarged, and has been lib-
erally illustrated by the first artists of the country, as is shown
in the Table of Contents.
It can not be presumed that every pupil has at hand all the
works of reference necessary for the proper preparation of each
lesson; hence all the aids that seem requisite to this purpose
have been given. Brief notices concerning the various authors
represented have been inserted; the more difficult words have
been defined, and their pronunciation has been indicated by
diacritical marks; and short explanatory notes have been given
wherever required for a full understanding of the text.
Especial acknowledgment is due to Messrs. Houghton, Osgood
& Co. for their permission to make liberal selections from their
copyright editions of many of the foremost American authors
whose works they publish.
COPYRIGHT, 1879, BY VAN ANTWERP, BRAGG & Co.