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The style also of these selections has been the subject of assiduous attention. Correctness and variety have been sought for. But, as this is a matter of taste, to be referred to the ultimate standard of taste, the common sense of the public, it would be unbecoming to say more, than that the compilers have used their best endeavors to guard against all reasonable objection on this score. The authors from whom they have selected, will generally be found to have already received the seal of public approbation, as classics of the English language.
It has been the aim of the compilers to give every lesson a degree of unity and completeness; so that it might be rather a whole, than a fragment. Mere detached sentences, the understanding of which presupposes an acquaintance with their preceding and subsequent connections, have been studiously rejected; for the obvious reason, that scholars cannot be expected to derive improvement from the reading of exercises they do not understand.
The above remarks will sufficiently show the character intended to be given to the work. How far that character has been attained, is, with feelings of profound deference, referred to the tribunal of public opinion.
Boston, Sept. 1833
B. D. E.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
N. Y. Mirror
National Recollections the Foundation of National Character E. Everett
The Emigrant's Abode in Ohio
Mont Blanc in the Gleam of Sunset
Great Effects result from Little Causes
The Pleasures of Religion
Truth and Falsehood. An Allegory
Escape from a Panther
The Dead Sea
Reception of Columbus on his Return from Spain
Second Extract from the same
The Danger of a Military Spirit
The Mystery of Life -
The same concluded
Close of Mr. Brougham's Speech on the Reform Bill
The Poetry of Ossian
The Pleasures of Science
Heroism of a Physician
Funeral at Sea
Imlac's Description of a Poet
The Three Kingdoms of Nature -
Reflections on the Moslem Dominion in Spain
Surrender of Grenada by the Moors to Ferdinand and Isabella
Studies of Nature
The Love of our Country strengthened by the Observation of Nature Ibid.