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THE MOTIVES AND METHODS
BY DAVID P. PAGE, A. M.
SATE PRINCIPAL OF THE STATE NORMAL SCHOOL, ALBANY, NEW YORK
TO WHICH IS ADDED
A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE AUTHOR.
A. S. BARNES & COMPANY,
NEW YORK, CHICAGO AND NEW ORLEANS.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the
year 1856 By A. 8. BARNES & CO., In the Clerk's 00:ct of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern
District of New York.
MANY a meritorious book has failed to find readers by reason of a toilsome preface. If the following volume meets a similar fate, whatever its merits, it shall lack a like excuse.
This work has had its origin in a desire to contribute something toward elevating an important and rising profession. Its matter comprises the substance of a part of the course of lectures addressed to the classes of the Institution under my charge, during the past two years. Those lectures, unwritten at first, were delivered in a familiar, colloquial style,—their main object being the inculcation of such practical views as would best promote the improvement of the teacher. In writing the matter out for the press, the same style, to considerable extent, has been retained,-as I have written with an aim at usefulness rather than rhetorical effect.
If the term theory in the title suggests to any mind the bad sense sometimes conveyed