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BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY JOHN ALLEN & CO.

Tuttle, Weeks & Dennett, Printers.

Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1836,

By W. C. WOODBRIDGE,

In the Clerk's office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

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PREFACE.

We look with some degree of surprise at the five volumes of the Annals of Education, which lie before us, and the opening of the sixth. We wonder that it has not passed int the grave, which has swallowed ap, we believe, every other journal of this character, established in our country. We think with gratitude of that kind providence which has enabled us to persevere so long, and to collect so much on the great subject of our work, even in so imperfect a manner, amidst ill health and discouragement, and in spite of losses, and which has raised up those friends of the cause, who bave so generously joined us in sustaining the work, when it was in danger of extinction. We are happy in being able to inform those who are interested in its success, that with the exception of a few sets recently destroyed by fire, the whole number in the hands of the Editor, have been disposed of; and that by giving up the only remaining fruit of the Editor's labors — the greater part of the property of the work – it is entirely freed from embarrassment, and that the efforts of its advocates have secured an increase of the subscription list which will furnish a partial compensation to its editor and contributors.

But we look with deeper interest, and more fervent gratitude, at the evidences that the efforts and sacrifices in which we have had many coadjutors, have not been in vain. We have received from individuals of every class, not merely expressions of deep interest in the collection of those facts and principles which we have been enabled to present, but assurances of the value they attached to the work, and of the benefit which they have derived from it, which surprised as well as encouraged us. The sets, which those whom Providence has blessed with wealth have been kind enough to present to public institutions, have been received in many cases, we know, with great interest, especially among those who are engaged in mission schools in foreign countries, and in the institutions where teachers are preparing themselves for their high duties. The work has thus been scattered, and a knowledge of its character extended to every quarter of our country, and, we may add, to every portion of the world ; and to numbers of persons who were

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