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WITH MANY DIFFICULT WORDS EXPLAINED AT THE HEADS OF THE
LESSONS, AND QUESTIONS ANNEXED FOR EXAMINATION; DESIGNED AS
SELECTED FROM THE
REV. JOHN PLATTS'
Literary and Scientific Clase Book,
AND FROM VARIOUS OTHER SOURCES, AND ADAPTED TO THE WANTS AND
CONDITION OF YOUTH IN THE UNITED STATES.
ГЕ Edue T 98.28.510
DISTRICT OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE, to wit :
District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twelfth day of November, A. D. 1825, and in the fiftieth year of the Independence of the United States of America, John Prentiss of the said District, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit :
“ The LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC CLASS BOOK, embracing the leading facts and principles of Science. Illustrated by engravings, with many difficult words explained at the heads of the lessons, and questions annexed for examination ; designed as exercises for the reading and study of the higher classes in common schools. Selected from the Rev. John Platts' Literary and Scientific Class Book, and from various other sources, and adapted to the wants and condition of youth in the United States. By Levi W. LEONARD.”
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned;" and also to an Act, entitled, “ An Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned; and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical, and other prints”
of Nero A true Copy of Record :
Attest SAMUEL CỤSHMAN, Clerk.
The following Extracts are introduced as recommendatory of the design of the Literary and Scientific Clas, Book.
In teaching the art of reading it is an obvious waste of the precious period, devoted to education, to confine the exercises in that art to mere combinations of words; or to compositions, the sole object of which is to prove the wit and genius of the writer ;-to compositions which do not teach any thing, and which, after a volume of them has been perused and re-perused for years, leave the mind in a state of listless curiosity. In proof of the justice of this remark, we need only appeal to the feelings of those persons, who, while they were at school, read no other books than the selections published under the titles of Speakers, Readers, Extracts, and Beauties. As exercises in elocution, and as examples of elegant composition, such books cannot be sufficiently commended; but they are ill adapted to the more important objects of instruction, and with regard to the purposes of general knowledge, they bear the same relation that gilding bears to gold, or pastime to useful labour.-Rev. D. Blair.
It is evident that want of time will prevent the great mass of mankind from pursuing a systematic course of education in all its details; a more summary and compendious method therefore must be pursued by them. The great majority