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THE

ECLECTIC READER,

DESIGNED FOR

SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIES.

BY 6. B. EDWARDS,
EDITOR OF THE AMERICAN QUARTERLY REGISTER.

BOSTON:

PUBLISHED BY PERKINS & MARVIN.

PUBLISHED BY PERKINS & MARVIS

PHILADELPHIA: FRENCH & PERKINS.

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Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1832,

By Perkins & Marvin, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

INTRODUCTION.

That a healthful religious influence should pervade all elementary books, is a principle which will not be contested in a Christian country. Human beings, in their most susceptible age, become habitually conversant with the daily lessons of the schools. These lessons are perused and reperused till the sentiments are not only lodged in the memory, but imprinted on the heart, and almost incorporated with the elements of the soul itself. Many individuals, now in middle age, will carry to the end of life the impressions which they received from the pages of the “ American Preceptor,” and the “ Art of Reading.” In all heathen countries, the religious belief is found, in various forms, in every department of literature, and of common life. There is no reason why the principles of the Bible, in a Christian land, should not have an equal prominence in the systems of education and courses of discipline. In this work, while every thing of a sectarian and exclusive tendency has been carefully avoided, the compiler has kept in view, in making his selections, the moral nature and the destiny of the minds which may become interested in its pages. It is hoped that nothing will be found which will offend against the spirit of our Saviour's precepts.

WOR 10 FEB'36

To a considerable extent, it has been our intention to render the Eclectic Reader subservient to the great

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