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used in Schools under the Title of Selecta e Profanis Scriptoribus Hiftoriæ. The learned and ingenionis Profesor Rollin was so well pleased with it, i bat, in Vol. 1. p. 83, of bis Belles Lettres, be thus recommends it as a valuable Compilation. I know of no Book, which may be more useful, and at the same Time more agreeable to Youth. It contains excellent Precepts of Morality, colleted with great Order and Judgment ; with very affecting Pal ges of History upon every Article. I know jonne very considerable Persons who have acknowledged themselves to have found a great Deal of Pleasure in reading it.Several Works of a inilor Kind have been published in Englis and other mockrn Languages; which is a suficient Proof of the general Excellence of the Plan, and that it is well calculated to answer the Purposes intended by it. But of those which have appeared in our own Language, Some are too voluminous and expensive for common Use; and all of them (which I have bitberto been able to meet with) contain a Number of Articles which are of no immediate Concern to Children ; such as the Duties of Parents, of Husbands and Wives, of Masters and Servants, and of Princes, Magistrates, and Generals, and many other Particulars which might be mentioned-I therefore thought there was suficient Room for a new Publication of this Kind, which might be neither too costly and extenhve for general Use, 112r incumbered with a Collection of such Sentiments and Examples, as would indeed be proper

enough enough upon another Occasion, but are certainly useless and uninteresting to School-boys, for whose immediate Instruction these Performances are usually published. I have, accordingly, been careful to confine the following Miscellany to such a moderate Size, that the Parent or Tutor may bave no Reason to objeet to the Price of it, nor the Pupil to be disgusted with the Length of it; and all the Sentiments and Examples bave been restricted to those Duties in which the youngest are as much concerned as those of riper Years ; such as Religion, filial and fraternal Affection, Temperance, Patience, Veracity, &c. To give the Work all that Variety which is peculiarly pleasing to Youth, (and, at the same time, to distinguish it from all other Performances of the Kind,) every Chapter concludes with a Dialogue, or an Esay upon the Subjeet, from fome Author of Reputation, where I could find one to my Purpose ; but generally with the former, as being the eapest and most agreeable Method of Instruction. But all the Dialogues, excepting two (which I was obliged to furnish myself), are Translations from Xenophon and Erasmus, with such Omissions and Alterations as my Plan required. Care bas likewise been taken ta selezt such Sentiments and Examples as appeared to me to be most pertinent and striking ; and I have endeavoured to communicate the whole in a correct and easy Style, which might neither exceed the Capacity of young Readers, nor vitiate their Language ; for which Purpose I have selected those Pallages which are borrowed from the ancient Writers (who, indeed,
bave furnished much the largest Part of the Work)
from the original Authors themselves. The last
Chapter, which treats of Politeness and Good-breedo
ing, is wholly composed of such Extracts from the
Letters of the late Earl of CHESTERFIELD, as
were thought to be most immediately instructive to
Youth: The noble Author was bimself a great Ad-
mirer, and an exact Pattern of the polite Manners
he recommends, and, for that Reason, was much
better qualified to give Advice upon that Head to
others, than most Authors who have written upon
that Subject. As Examples of this necessary, i bo'
seemingly trivial Accomplishment, must be fought
for in real Life, and not in Books, it was judged
necessary to deviate from the general Plan of the
Work by omitting them.


Upon the whole, if the Performance bere offered
to the Public has been executed in such a Männer,
as to answer to the Profesions above set forth; ī
beg Leave to recommend it to the Notice of Pa-
rents in general, and of all those who are intrusted.
with the Education of the British Youth; and
bumbly flatter myself that they will favour it with
all the Encouragement in their Power.



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Of the Reverence due to the Aged, and the

Respect and Gratitude which we owe to our Teachers and InstruEtors


C.H A P... XI.

Of Good-breeding, Polite Behaviour, and the
Art of Pleasing in Company



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