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EVERY person should possess some knowledge of the history of his own country. It seems necessary to the existence of true and enlightened patriotism. Youth is the fittest season to acquire this
knowledge. It is the season of the most
leisure ; the memory is then less incum
bered; this knowledge gratifies that curiosity, which is natural to the human mind,
and which is peculiarly strong in the
early period of life.
Among the first settlers of New England were some of the best and wisest men of the age; men remarkable for their christian piety, patience, fortitude, and benevolent enterprise, deserving a rank among the worthies who have founded