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A COLLECTION OF
ESSAYS, NARRATIVES, ALLEGORIES, AND INSTRUCTIVE

COMPOSITIONS.

SELECTED BY THE LATE SOL. HODGSON.

THE THIRD EDITION,

EMBELLISHED WITH A NUMBER OF ENGRAVINGS ON WOOD, BY

T. BEWICK AND L. CLENNELL, BOTHOF NEWCASTLE.

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NEWCASTLE:
PRINTED BY AND FOR S. HODGSON, AND THE BOOKSELLERS

IN GENERAL.

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PREFACE.

THE various Collections already published,

I and adopted in schools, might seem to render this superfluous; yet the Editor, unintimidated by that reflection, ventures to offer this Selection to the Public, with a full conviction, that judicious teachers will immediately perceive its obvious utility. That excellent Collection of moral and instructive Essays, &c. THE PLEASING INSTRUCTOR, and other popular books of a like kind, have become so familiar in schools, that they pall upon the mind, and boys are inclined to consider the reading of them as a kind of task, and therefore disregard the precepts they contain.-Since the time of their first publication, many excellent authors have added sufficiently to the stock of modern literature to shew the necessity for a Compilation that might combine the beauties contained in their works, with those we find in Authors that have previously been had recourse to.

. The Editor's chief purpose in making this selection was, to inculcate in the minds of youth strong impressions of their moral obligations, the danger of the slightest deviation a 2

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