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OR A
COLLECTION OF THOUGHT,

ON.

CIVIL, MORAL, SENTIMENTAL AND RELIGIOUS

SUPJECTS:
Selected from the Writings of near one huiz-
dred of the best Authors of different
Nations ; but chiefly from the

English Writers.
INTENDED AS A

REPOSITORY

OF
SENTENTIOUS, INGENIOUS, ANDOPERTINENT

SAYINGS,

IN VERSE AND PROSE..

To which Youth may have. cecoarge upon any

particular Topic : and, by which they may
be taught to think justly; write correctiy
and elegantly, and speak with proprietý. ”

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HARTFORD:
Printed for and Sold by OLIVER D. Cooku,

1803.
LINCOLN & GLEASON, PRINTERS.,

160087

TOR, LENOX AND TIN FOUNDATIONO.

1899.

AT a time when the thirst for knowledge is so universal, that it is sought after by all ranks of people ; through its most intricate windings, and mazy labyrinths, it is not to be wondered at, that books of science and polite literature are published in such abundance, and that they meet with that reception and encouragement, from a liberal-minded public, which their noble design requires, and which their intrinsic merit demands.

The design of this publication, is not merely to amuse; but rather, in an engaging, diversified, and pleasing manner; to attract the attention-imperceptibly gain the affections.com and draw the soul to a leve:öf virtue, (by delineating her in her most attractive and alluring dress) from whence arišes the spring of all great, noble, and gotteron's actions - To inculcate a sincere detestation of every species of vice, by an exposition of the malevolentai. fections of the mind, as vell-in their softer, as in their more glaring, or aggravated colors.

The above, though not the least, is not the chief intention of this selection. The art of thinking justly, speaking pertinently, and writing with correctness, ease, elegance, and precision upon any subject, has ever been

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