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INTRODUCTORY TREATISES ON
ALGEBRA, DR AWING, PAINTING, &c.
AND W. Rod INSON, LIVERPOOL.
“THE importance of education is a point so generally understood and confessed, that it would be of little use to attempt any new proof or illustration of its necessity and advantages. “At a time when so many scheines of education have been projected, so many proposals offered to the public, so many schools opened for general knowledge, and so many lectures in particular sciences attended ; at a time when mankind seems peculiarly intent upon familiarizing the several arts, and when every age, sex, and profession, is invited to an acquaintance with those studies which were formerly supposed accessible only to such as had devoted themselves to literary leisure, and dedicated their powers to philosophical enquiries; it seems rather requisite that an apology should be made for any further attempt to smooth a path so frequently beaten, or to recommend attainments so ardently pursued, and so officiously directed.
“As this book i. intended to correspond with all dispositions, and to afford entertainment for minds of different powers, it is necessarily to contain treatises on different subjects. As it is designed for schools, though for the higher classes, it is confined wholly to such parts of knowledge as young minds may comprehend: and as it is drawn up for readers yet unexperienced in life, and unable to distinguish the useful from the ostentatious or unnecessary parts of science, it is requisite that a nice distinction should be made, that nothing unprofitable opuld be admitted for the sake of pleasure, nor adv arts of attraction neglected that might fix the
attention upon more important studies. “ In the following pages it must not be expected that a complete circle of the sciences should be sound: the object of the compilation is not to cnrich the mind with affluence, or to deck it with ornaments, but to supply it with necessaries. The enquiry therefore was not what degrees and kinds of knowledge are desirable, but what are in most stations of life indispensably requisite; and the choice was determined not by the splendor of any part of literature, but by the extent of its use and the