Yes, sir, I know them. And you could probably repeat the names of your brothers and siz ters, and all your father's servants, and half the people in the vill axe besides. I believe I could, sir. ! Twenty-four. If you were to have a penny a day, what would that make in a week? Seven-pence. Right. Why, here you have been practising the four great rules al prithmetic - audition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Learo ing accounts is no more than this. Well, Samuel, I see what you ar Et for. I skall set you about nothing but what you are able to do; bra, observe, you must do it. We have no I can't here. Now go amolade youur school-fellows. Samuel went away, glad that his examination was over, and was more contidence in his powers than he had felt before. The next day he began business. A boy less than himself was cal al out to set him a copy of letters, and another was appointed to he: r hiin in gramniar. He read a few sentences in English, that he cour: perfectly understand, to the master himself. Thus, by going on steady and slowly, he made a sensible progress. He had already joined his letters, got all the declensions perfectly, and half the multiplication ta ble, when Mr. Wiseman thought it time to answer his father's letter; which he did as follows: Sir, I now think it right to give you some information concernin your son. You perhaps expected it sooner, but I always wish to avoi nasty judgments. You mentioned in your letter that it had not ye. been discovered which way his genius pointed. If by genius you meant such a decided bent of mind to any one pursuit as will lead to excel with little or no labour or instruction, I must say that I have n« i met with such a quality in more than three or four boys in my life, an! your son is certainly not among the number. But if you mean onl ihe ability to do some of those things which the greater part of mor tind can do when properly taught,! can affirm Inat I find in him no reculiar deficiency. And, whether you choose to bring him up to trade it to some practical profession, I see no reason to doubt that he may ! !-time become sufficiently qualified for it. It is niy favourito maxim, air, that every thing most valuable in this life may generally be acquir d'by taking pains for it. Your son has already lost much time in the iruitless expectation of finding out what he would take up of his own accord. Believe me, sir, few boys will take up any thing of their own accord but a top or a marble. I will take care, while he is with me, that he loses no more time this way, but is employed about things that are fit for him, not doubting that we shall find him fit for them. I am, sir, yours, &c. SOLON WISEMAN. Though the doctrine of this letter did not perfectly agree with Mr. Acres' notions, yet, being convinced that Mr. Wiseman was more like!'y to make something of his son than any of his former preceptors, he ontinued him at his school for some years, and had the satisfaction to ond him going on in a steady course of gradual improvement. In duc ?ine a profession was chosen for him, which seemed 10 suit his temper and talents, but for which he had no particular turn, having never trought at all about it. He made a respectable figyre in it, and went birough the world with credit and usefulness, though without a genius; MRS. BARBAULD. ARITHMETIC. PART I. SECTION I. A.* 1. How many thumbs have you on your right hand ? how many on your left? how many on both together? 2. How many hands have you? 3. If you have two nuts in one hand, and one in the other, how many have you in both? 4. How many fingers have you on o.ic hand ? 5. If you count the thumb with the fingers, how inany will it make ? 6. If you shut your thumb and one finger, and leave the rest open, how many will be open ? 7. If you have two cents in one hand, and two in the other, how many have in both? 8. James has two apples, and William has three; if James gives his apples to William, how many will William have ? 9. If you count all the fingers on one hand, and two on the other, how many will there be ? 10. George has three cents, and Joseph has four; how many have they both together? * For the manner of solving questions, and the explanation of the plates, see the Key, at the end of ihe book. The first questions in this section are intended for very young children. It will be well for the instructer to give a great many more of this kind.—Older pupils may omit these 11. Rober gave five cents for an orange, and two for an apple; how many did he give for both ? 12. It a custard cost six cents, and an apple two cents, how many cents will it take to buy an apple and a custard ? 13. If you buy a pint of nuts for five cents, and an orange for three cents, how many cents would you give for both ? how many more for the nuts than for the orange? 14. If an ounce of figs is worth six cents, and a half a pint of cherries is worth three cents, how much are they both worth ? 15. Dick had five plums, and John gave him four niore; how many had he then? 16. How many fingers have you on both hands ? 17. How many fingers and thum's have you on both hands? 18. If you had six marbles in one hand, and fou in the other, how many would you have in the one more than in the other? how many would you have in both hands? 19. David had seven nuts, and gave three of them to George; how many had he left? 20. Two boys, James and Robert, played at marbles; when they began, they had seven apiece, and when they had done, James had won four; how many had each then? 21. A boy, having eleven nuts, gave away three of them; how many had he left? 22. If you had eight cents, and your papa should give you five more, how many would you have? 23. A man bought a sheep for eight dollars, and a calf for seven dollars ; what did he give for both ? 24. A man bought a barrel of flour for eight dollars, and sold it for four dollars more than he gave for it; how much did he sell it for? 25. A man bought a hundred weight of sugar for nine dollars, and a barrel of flour for seven dollars; how much did he give for the whole ? 26. A man bought three barrels of cider for eight dollars, and ten bushels of apples for nine dollars ; how much did he give for the whole ? 27. A man bought a firkin of butter for twelve dollars, but, it being damaged, he sold it again for eight dollars; how much did he lose ? 28. A man bought three sheep for fifteen dollars, but could not sell them again for so much by eight dollars ; how much did he sell them for? 29. A man bought sixteen pounds of coffee, and lost seven pounds of it as he was carrying it home; how much had he left ? 30. A man bought nineteen pounds of sugar, and, having lost a part of it, he found he had nine pounds left; how much had he lost? 31. A man, owing fifteen dollars, paid nine dollars of it; how much did he then owe? 32. A man, owing seventeen dollars, paid all but seven dollars; how much did he pay? B. 1. Two and one are how many ? 2. Two and two are how many ? ? ? |