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power, in accumulating from various and remote sources and periods, the requisite materials. The candid reader, who meets with several articles in this compilation, with which he has already been familiarized, will excuse its want of total novelty, when he reflects, that nearly all the youth, and a large proportion of adult-readers, will find it as new to them, and as useful, as if it were an entire original work. If the sentiments be correct and valuable, and clearly expressed, it is of no importance whether they were first committed to paper yesterday, or three thousand years ago.
One particular object of this work, is to inculcate the necessity and duty of general domestic and national economy and simplicity of manners. It may be confidently presumed, that if the idolatrous and slavish sacrifices of property, to Pride, Fashion, Custom, Tradition, Extravagance, and depraved Appetite, were abolished, Poverty, with its hideous train of calamities, might be expelled from society, and General Plenty, with its smiling train of blessings, substituted in their stead.
Embracing these important purposes, the work is respectfully submitted to the good sense of the people of the United States, for their adoption as a National Code of Morals in schools and families.
The Compiler does not delude himself with the vain hope that it will accomplish the maral reformation of the present hardened adult generations ;-but he does sincerely believe, that the universal dissemination of its impressive precepts among the tender, susceptible, rising generation, cannot fail to produce a salutary influence upon the future national, moral and political character of our Republic. That such may be the result, is the ardent wish of its devoted friend and servant,
3. Speech of the Little Turtle, an Indian Chief, on the
ravages of whiskey among the Indians
Abridgment of Seneca's Treatise on a happy Life.
2. On a happy life, and wherein it consists
3. Humạn happiness is founded upon wisdom and virtue
4. There can be no happiness without virtue
5. Philosophy is the guide of life
6. No felicity like peace of conscience
7. Contemplation of Providence, remedy of misfortunes
8 Of levity of mind, and other impediments to a happy
9. A sensual life is a iniserable life
10. Avarice and ambition are insatiable and restless
11. The blessings of temperance and moderation
12. Constancy of mind makes a man happy, &c.
13. Our happiness depends on our choice of company
5. Of private virtues; of knowledge, temperance, indus-
6. Of domestic virtues; economy, parental affection, con-
jugal love, filial love, brotherly love
7. Of the social virtues; of justice, charity, probity, sim-
plicity of manners, patriotism
Chap. 2. Abridgment of the Economy of Human life
Sec. 1. Duties that relate to man as an individual
2. The Passions; joy and grief, anger, pity
4. Duties of children and brothers
5. Wise and ignorant, rich and poor, masters and servants 125
6. Social duties; benevolence, justice, charity, religion 127
7. Man considered in general
CRAP. 1. Abridgment of Penn's Reflections and Maxims relating
to the conduct of Human Life; and his advice to his
CHAP. 2. Abridyment of Paley's Moral Philosophy.
Sec. 1. Definition and use of the science
2. Human happiness
4. The Divine benevolence
5. Promises : contracts of sale : of lending of money: of
6. Lies: revenge: duelling : slander
7. Of the duty of parents. Education
CRAP. 3. Abridgment of Knigge's Practical Philosophy.
Sec. 1. General rules for our conversation with men
2. On the conversation with ourselves
3. On the conversation with people of different tempers 160
4. On the conversation with people of a different age
5. On the conversation between parents and children 164
4. His project of raising a united party to virtue, &c.
2. Moderation in exercise and diet; science, &c.
2. Government of the passions; doing good to others, &c.
Sec. 9. Persuasive to early piety and moral rectitude,—from Dr.
Beasley's Address to the senior class of the students
imprisonment for debt; from Gov. Thomas' Message