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BE it remembered, that on the twenty seventh day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, and in the thirtyninth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Daniel Staniford of the said District, has deposited in this office, the title of a book the right whereof he claims as author in the words following, to wit: "The Art of Reading; containing a number of useful rules, exemplified by a variety of selected and original pieces, narrative, didactive, argumentative, poetical, descriptive, pathetic, humourous and entertaining. Together with dialogues, speeches, orations, addresses and harangues. Calculated to improve the scholar in reading and speaking with propriety and elegance; and to impress the minds of youth with sentiments of vir fue and religion. Designed for the use of Schools and Families. By Daniel Stanford, A. M. author of a short but comprehensive Grammar" "virtuous education is a better inheritance for children than a great estate

In conformity to the Act of of Congress of the United States, entitled "An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the times therein mentioned" and also to an Act entitled, " An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the Au thors and Proprietors of such Copics, during the times therein mentioned; and extending the benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving aud Etching Historical, and other prints."

WM. S. SHAW, Clerk of the District of Massachusetts>


To instil into the minds of youth the sentiments and principles of virtue and religion, as well as to teach "the young idea how to shoot," is the indispensible duty of every Instructor, in the first stages of education. Those books, therefore, must have the preference, which are best calculated to answer such admirable and important purposes.

The design of this compilation is to furnish some general rules, by which the master, in addition to his oral instruction, may be able to teach his pupils the rudiments of Reading with elegance and propriety. It also furnishes such lessons for reading, as will naturally tend to allure the tender mind to the love of knowledge, and the practice of virtue and religion; to inform the understanding, and to please the imagination; to warm the opening bosom with benevolent and social affections, and to inculcate the several duties and principles of morality.

CHASTITY of thought, and purity of diction, have been objects of the Compiler's peculiar attention; and should there, in any part of the work, be found a single sentiment, or expression,

discordant with the most delicate modesty, or refined morality, its admittance was contrary to the Author's intention.

The following selections were, for the greatest part, made from the most eminent writers, which acknowledgment supersedes the necessity of attending to the customary mode of adding the author's name to each individual selection.

The Author acknowledges with gratitude the liberal patronage his Art of Reading has received from the public in the rapid sale of the ten first editions. He now offers the eleventh with such additions and alterations only as were judg ed necessary to render the work more improved. In future, the Art of Reading will retain its present form. It solicits, however, no favour but what it merits from its real utility; neither does it design any competition with similar compilations, but what the judicious are willing to allow it, upon a candid and impartial review of its con


Boston, April 14th, 1816.

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