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largely from the excellent work of Mr. Trench, on the Study of Words. He shows that there is an interesting history attached to many of our commonest words; and should the reader find a reference to the index attached to such familiar words as mankind, odd, husband, wife, amuse, education, field, forest, neighbor, palace, parasite, parlor, and scores of other words, more or less common, he will learn, from a glance at them in the index, that there is a history in their derivation which ought to be known. The importance of this knowledge is well set forth by Mr. Trench in the extracts from his work beginning on page 119.
By acquainting himself with the origin of many words explained in the index, the reader will store his memory with a number of prefixes and postfixes, a knowledge of which will open to him the meaning of large classes of words to which they are the keys. The habit also, which he may thus acquire, of tracing verbal genealogies back to their primary stock, may be to him of incalculable service, in inspiring a taste that must open new sources of intellectual satisfaction and improvement; in leading to greater precision in the use of language; in simplifying and making luminous many a word that before seemed arbitrary, indefinite, and opaque; and, finally, in quickening his powers of penetration into the significance, or absence of significance, of all that he reads.
In conclusion, I may remark, that both in the introductory part and in the index I have freely availed myself of the labors of the best and most recent authorities. In most instances, credit has been given; should it have been occasionally with held, this general acknowledgment will suffice.
38. The Spider and Bee: an Apologue,
39. Climate of the Catskill Mountains,
41. John Pounds, the Cobbler,.
44. On the Study of Words (Part I.),
47. The Stream Made to Work,
50. The Teachings of Nature,
51. A Chase on the Ice,
52. The Particular Lady,
56. Spirit the Motive Power, &c.,
57. The Lion and the Spaniel,
58. Imprisonment of Bonnivard,
61. HISTORICAL CHARACTERS.
Alexander Severus- Gibbon. Queen Elizabeth
Air and Exercise Quarterly Review.
States- Webster. Our Common Schools
ing the Body at the Soul's Expense-
83. Columbus and his Discovery,
84. The Discovery of America,
86. Unity and Progress of Mankind,
87. On Kindness to Brute Animals,
89. The Resolute Whale,
90. A Storm in the Indian Ocean,.
92. The Prairies of the West,
The Valley of Mexico,
The World of Water,
95 The Wind and Rain,
97. The Best Kind of Revenge,.
98. Labor and Genius, .
99. Permanence of the Useful,
102. The Two Palaces: an Allegory,
Education in the United
Everett. On Pamper-
True Estimate of the
103. The Discontented Miller, .
104. The Planets and Heavenly Bodies,
105. THOUGHTS ON EARLY RISING.
Habits of Great Men- Anon. The Morning Hour-Webster.
How to Rise Early-Anon.,.
107. A Rill from the Town Pump (Part I.),
109. Sound and Sense,
112. Is Knowledge Power ?
114. HISTORICAL CHARACTERS.
Demosthenes - Creasy. Cicero and Demosthenes Compared-Fen-
elon. Alfred the Great-Dickens. Mary, Queen of Scots- Rob-
Last Moments of Addison - Macaulay. Lord Chatham
in Parliament - Hazlitt. As Secretary of State- -Grattan. Ed-
117. The Youth of Washington,
119. The Sword and Press,
121. Joan of Arc,
122. The Sky, .
125. ELOQUENCE OF STATESMEN.
Degeneracy of Athens-Demosthenes. Value of Literature-Cicero.
On Taxing the American Colonies- Chatham. Justice -Sher-
idan. Impeachment of Hastings- Burke. The Impracticable
Undesirable - Ib. American Progress-1b. The Schoolmaster
Abroad - - Brougham. Reply to De Brézé Mirabeau. Men and
Measures Canning. Resistance to the British-
Civil War- Clay,..
. . 266
147. Shakspeare's Power of Expression,
148. MORAL AND RELIGIOUS ELOQUENCE.
Religion essential to Morality - Washington.
Christianity-Park. This Life's Experiences point to Another-
Wilson. Joys of a Good Conscience South. Outward and In-
ward Riches-Talfourd. Effects of Infidelity Hall. Knowl-
edge an Assurance of Immortality - Wilson. Demoralization of
Irreligion Channing. Study of God's Works - Linnæus. Min-
istry of the Beautiful- Chalmers. The most Precious Possession
Davy. Reflections in Westminster Abbey - -Addison. Efficacy
of Prayer-Lammenais. Death — Dewey,
151. The Mind its own Educator,
152. Fulton's First Steamboat,
153. Passage of the Beresina,
155. Benjamin Franklin,
160. Progress of Civilization,
163. Vanity, &c., of Literature,
166. A Paper of Tobacco,
169. Complaint of a Pair of Lungs (Part I.),
66 (Part II.),
171. SELECT PASSAGES.
Indebtedness to Society-Mountford. Love of Home-Webster.
Resistance to Ridicule Sydney Smith. Of Veracity -Way-
land. Perseverance under Failure Niebuhr. Abuse of the
Imagination- -Jane Taylor. Idleness Chambers. A Habit of
Jesting-Ib. Local Associations-Johnson, .
176. Photography, or Light-drawing,
177. The Declaration of Independence,
178. The Indians among Themselves,
180. The Colosseum by Moonlight,
181. Literature of the Hebrews,
184 Napoleon as a Student,
185. THOUGHTS ON BOOKS.