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earnest desire of improving this Selection as much as possible, has engaged the Compiler to make considerable alterations upon it in every succeeding impression. For these liberties he hopes to be forgiven ; especially as they have been the means of giving it, at laft, a degree of excellence, which, he flatters himself, will render it highly acceptable to every person of taste. To prevent, however, the inconveniences which might attend the varying of it so much in future editions, it is determined to allow it, henceforward, to remain the same, or nearly the same, as it is now presented to the Public.
-Of the general plan and manner of using it, the following is a short account.
PART I. is calculated to form the accurate and polished Reader. It is divided into eight sections ; five in Profe, and three in Verse. For several reasons, it was thought proper to preserve the poetical pieces entirely distina from the profaic; but, in teaching, it will, generally,be preferable to take the sections in the orderOne, Two, Three, Six, Four, Seven, Five, Eight: by which method, the learner will be well exercised in the reading of Profe before entering upon that of Verse; and will, afterwards, read a section of the latter kind and one of the former alternately, till this Part be finished.
PART II. may be read with no less advantage tham the preceding, by pupils of every denomination ; but * is particularly adapted for such as may have occasion to speak in public. This Part is divided into five sections ; the first three, exhibiting specimens of eloquence suited, respectively, to the Pulpit, the Senate, and the Bari the fourth, Speeches delivered on various occafions; the fifth, Dramatic pieces. These may be gone re
gularly through by every student; though, where a
In the Appendix is given a course of Lessons on an
By casting the eye along the table of Contents, the
Edinburgh, Jan. 6. 1789.