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In which are exhibited the most striking
THOSE, AND ONLY THOSE, BRANCHES OF DUTY,
In which they are more particularly interested.
And particularly to their
To which is added, a
The Whole improved and enlivened, at profer Intervals, with several
mentioned, from the Writings of the amiable Xenophon.
DU B L I N:
T has often been remarked, that Example is
of greater Force than Precept; because the
former proves what the latter only asserts, and convinces, by satisfactory Evidence, that the Performance of our Daty is both a praćticable Task, and attended with the most" Solid Pleasure and Advantage. But Example is more peculiarly necesary to Youth than to those of a riper Age ; for, as they have not had an Opportunity of making the Trial themselves, they cannot see the Importance of a just Attention to their Duty, any otherwise than by the good or ill Consequences of the Virtues or Vices of other Men, who have travelled through Life before them. Nothing, therefore, can be more useful to young People than a moderate Acquaintance with History; and particularly with such Parts of it as : exhibit the good or ill Success, and describe the Happiness or Misery of those who have been most conSpicuous for their Virtues or Vices; for History, as Lord Boling broke has very justly observed, is Philosopby teaching by Example. Accordingly, many of those who have devoted their
Studies to the Improvement of Youth, have publised Colle&tions of moral Anecdotes and Examples from ancient or modern History. The most noted Performance of this Nature is a copious historical Miscellany in Latin, which is