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PREFACE.

"WHо reads a preface?" Many do not; but junp at once into the middle of a book. But it is well to know something about a book, before reading it; and who so likely to give you information respecting the contents of a book as the author himself? I wish to see the youth of my country come forward upon the stage of life, models of excellence, with characters formed for the times in which they are to act. How much influence my book may have, in securing such a result, I cannot tell; but my design in writing it has been, to contribute something toward forming the character of some of those who are to be our future electors, legislators, governors, judges, ministers, lawyers, and physicians, after the best model; and, from the kind reception of my former attempts, I trust they will give a candid hearing to the few hints contained in the following pages. It is intended for boys, or, if you please, for YOUNG GENTLEMEN, in early youth, from eight or ten to fifteen or sixteen years of age.

I have noticed that young people are fond of reading anecdotes, narratives, and parables. This taste of theirs sometimes leads them to devour all the trash that comes in their way, with no other object than mere amusement. But, if properly guarded, it may be the means of conveying truth to their minds in a form not only more attractive, but more readily understood.

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The design of the Illustrations, interspersed throughout the Work, is to supply reading of this kind, which shall be not only entertaining but instructive. I never write for the amusement of the reader merely. But I am glad if he is entertained at the same time that he is instructed. The main object of the Anecdotes, is to illustrate truth and character. No anecdote has been admitted but such as could be turned to this account; and if suited to this purpose, the question has not been asked whether it was new or old.

CONTENT S.

CHAPTER I.

ON CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH. The Boy makes the Man:
Benedict Arnold: George Washington,

CHAPTER II.

NATURE AND OBJECTS OF EDUCATION. Governor Ritner:
Roger Sherman,

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CHAPTER III.

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PIETY, AS THE SPRING OF ACTION AND REGULATOR OF THE
SOUL. Early piety recommended: Danger of delay,

CHAPTER IV.

FILIAL PIETY. George Washington: Obey God rather than man: A son's love: Filial piety rewarded: Filial impiety punished: Think how you will feel when your parents are gone: Benefit of obedience: Reward of disobedience: Conscientious obedience: Cheerful obedience, sullen obedience, and disobedience,

CHAPTER V.

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TREATMENT OF BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AND OTHERS IN THE FAMILY Brotherly affection: Generosity of an elder brother,

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