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FAMILIAR SURVEY

OF TUB

Christian Religion,

AND OF HISTORY

AS CONNECTED WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF CHRISTIANITY,
AMD WITH ITS PROGRESS TO THE PRESENT TIME.

INTIMBID PtIMAXILY

fOX THE USE OF TOUNG PERSONS, Of EITHER SEX,

DURING THE COURSE OT

PUBLIC OR OF PRIVATE EDUCATION.

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LONDON:
Printed ly A. Strahaa, Prii:ters-Str:(t;

T. Cadell Jun. And w. Daties is The Strand.
1801.

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TO THK REVEREND

BENJAMIN HEATH, D.D.

FSLLOW OF ETON COLLEGE, ETC.

DEAR SIR,

IF I venture to aflert that more than cuftomary attention might advantageoufly be allotted, and ought to be allotted, to the inculcation of Chriftian principles and knowledge on the youth of this country; let me not be thought defirous of loading their inftructors with harfli and indiferiminate cenfure.

My own perfonal experience might lead me to a more equitable conclufion. Nearly fix of the earlier years of my education were coflfigned to the care of a clergyman (a); whofe life exemplified the religious leflbns, which he endeavoured to imprefs on his pupils. The years intervening between private tuition and the traiverfity were paffed at the very eminent public

(•) Thi Rev. John Picketing, of Mack worth nev Derby.

A a fehool, fchool (i), orer which you then prefided. I recollect with pleafure that the head clafs, which was under your immediate fupcrintendence, was regularly occupied during one morning in the common days of the week in the ftudy of fome book of a religious nature. Nor was this the only effort, pointed to the fame end in the condudt of the fchool. But I fear that many young perfons, if fummoned from feminaries of repute to a public examination, would give a better account of the fabled wanderings of. Ulyfles and .<Eneas than of the heaven-diretled journeyings of Mofes and Saint Paul; and would difplay a more intimate acquaintance, with the fortunes of Athens and Rome, than with the hiftorical progrefs. of a religion defigned to be their fupreme comfort and guide through life, and the mean* of acquiring eternal happinefs.

The principal fault, when faults exift, is not in the preceptor, but in the parent. The former is to water the plant; the latter muft fow the feed. But how often does the parent limit his concern for the bef t interefts of his children to the decorum of mere morals: without imprefiing on their minds, perhaps without

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