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The selections which have been made for this work are such as seemed best adapted to excite the imagination of the young student, while imparting useful information in reference to noted events and personages in the history of various coun. tries, at different periods; and such, aiso, as appeared appropriate for the purpose of training pupils in readling and elocution. Many different kinds of composition, both in prose and poetry, are therefore represented, with the greatest possible variety of style; so that, simply as a reading-book, the author thinks that this work will be found to possess very great advantages over those generally used in the higher classes of schools. One very great advantage it certainly has; namely, that, instead of fragmentary and unconnected pieces of varions kinds of composition, the selections which form its contents are, to a very considerable extent, coherent and continuous; and that their relation to each other and to the general subject are briefly but clearly explained.

In performing this twofold office of a companion-history and an entertaining and instructive reading-book, it cannot but be the means of saving much valuable time both of the pupil and teacher. The accompanying Vocabulary and Geographical Index will, it is believed, prove very useful auxiliaries, while the Biographical Index of Authors will, in connection with the statements and referăñces in the text, have the effect to make the student acquainted withi ingšt of the great names in his torical literature, jus :vel, as: pzdve a guide in selecting the best works for careful perusal or study.

That every important period or topic in the world's history should be represented in a volume of this size is of course quite impracticable; but it will be observed that the selections have been arranged in chronological order, except that, as the history of the United States is generally first studied in mosti schools, the pieces relating to that division of the subject have been placed first.

The Model of Analysis given in connection with the first selection will serve as a guide to teachers in constructing exercises of this character, which are useful, not only for the purpose of testing the accuracy and fullness of the pupil'e acquisitions, but in showing him how to arrange the various topics clearly and logically in his mind.

With this brief explanation tne author submits this work to his fellow-laborers in the cause of education, as an experiment which he hopes may prove successful in accomplishing the important objects which he has carefully kept in view iu its compilation.

ALPHABETICAL INDEX OF AUTHORS.

With references to the pages containing selections from each.

463

..469

Addison.
Alison
Allston
Arnold
Bancroft.
Berkeley.
BioNs.
Bourrienne..
Bryant.
Bulwer.
Burke,
Burnet.
Byron..
Campbel..
Carlyle
Channing
Cha ham..
Clarendon.
('ollier...
Cook.
Cooper.
Cozzens..
Creasy.
Croly.
Custie.
Daniel..
De Foe
D'Israeli..
Demosthenes
De Quincey
Dickens..
Dryden
Everett.
Ferguson
Freeman.
Fronde..
Gibbon.
Goldsmith,
Grahame.
Greeley
Grote..
Hemane..
Flerodotus..
Hildreth..
Hooke.
Howitt.
Ilume..
Irving, Theodore
frving, Washington.

PAGE

PAGE
.291 Jerrold..

.878
.339, 354 Josephus..

..482
.387 Lamartine.

.326, 318, 366
.455 Lingard.

166, 194, 243
.46, 55, 59, 66, SO Lossing..

96
.154 Macaulay 255, 257, 261, 282, 319, 384, 440, 450
418 McLellan

.867
.351 Mahon

306, 314
...96 Merivale.
.216, 405 Michelet.

495
.321, 833 Middleton.

468
289 Miller.

286
.361, 395, 514 Milman..

486
181, 311, 516 Milton...

269, 270, 442
..330 Mitford..

.425
.363 Mommsen

45+
.113 Montgomery.

.45, 501
.267 Motley.

..508
.155, 182 Napoleon III.
. 124 Niebuhr..

..432
.125 Palfrey.

..00
.101 Pardoc.

208
487 Parton

131
.412, 419 Plato.

420
.122 Plutarch.

426
.518 Prescott.

.32, 40, 45
.274 Reed..

.200
.21€ Robertson.

.14, 28, 248
.439 Rogers..

21
77 Rollin.

..403
162, 187 Russell

390
269 Scott..

.171, 219
11, 94 | Shakespeare.

.212, 467
460 Sigourney.
.159 Smedley..

.511
.225 Smith,

.430
.504 Smyth...

.345
.263 Southey

.191, 520
77 Stone,

115
.143 Story

.147
.413 Strickland

232
74 Tacitus.

472
.389 Tennyson.

383
.137 Thackeray

368
441 Thiers..
346 Verplanck.

..151
.185, 239, 250 Webster.

51 Willis.
23, 60, 84 Xenophon.

397

. 75, 104

.121

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