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DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, to wit : BE it remembered, that on the twenty seventh day of February, in the fear of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and

fifteen, and in the thirty. ninth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Daniel Staniford of the said. District, has deposited in this office, the title of a book the right whereof he claims as authorg in the words following, to wit : The Art of Reading : containing a number of useful rules, exema plified by a variety of selected and original pieces, narrative, didactive, ar.

gumentative, poetical; descriptive, pathetic, kumourous and entertaining. Together with dialogues, speeches, orations, addresses and harangues. Calculated to improve the schotar in reading and speaking with propriety and elegance ; and to impress the Tue and religion. Designed for vinds of youth with sentiinents of vir.

use of Schools and Families. By Daniel Staniford, A. M. , author of a short but comprehensive Graminar." A virtuous education is a better inheritance for children than a great estate

In conformity to the Act of Congress of the United States, entitled An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the times therein mentioned;" and also to an Act entitled, * An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the Au. thors and Proprietors of such Copics, during the times therein mentioned i and extending the benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving aud Etching Historical, and other prints.

WM. S. SHAW, Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.

PREFACE.

To instil into the minds of youth the sentiments and principles of virtue and religion, as well as to teach the young idea how to shoot," is the indispensible duty of every Instructor, in the first stages of education. Those books, there. fore, must have the preference, which are best calculated to answer such admirable and important purposes.

The design of this compilation is to furnish some general rules, by which the master, in ad. dition to his oral instruction, may be able to teach bis pupils the rudiments of Reading with elegance and propriety. It also furnishes such les. sons for reading, as will naturally tend to allure the tender mind to the love of knowledge, and the practice of virtue and religion; to inform the understanding, and to please the imagination; to warm the opening bosom with benevolent and social affections, and to inculcate the several du. ties and principles of morality.

Chastity of thought, and purity of diction, bave been objects of the Compiler's peculiar attention ; and should there, in any part of the work, be found a single sentiment, or expression,

discordant with the most delicate modesty, or re. fined morality, its admittance was contrary to the Author's intention.

The following selections were, for the greatest part, made from the most eminent writers, which acknowledgment supersedes the necessity of attending to the customary mode of adding the author's name to each individual selection.

The Author acknowledges with gratitude the liberal patronage his Art of Reading has received from the public in the rapid sale of the ten first editions. He now offers the eleventh with such additions and alterations only as were judg. ed necessary to render the work more improved. In future, the Art of Reading will retain its present form. It solicits, however, no favour but what it merits from its real utility; neither does it design any competition with similar compilations, but what the judicious are willing to allow it, upon a candid and impartial review of its contents.

Boston, April 14th, 1816.

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