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crystallized in the most gifted minds; it holds up for his admiration and imitation examples of virtue, moral heroism, and self-sacrifice; it instills a love for the good, the pure, and the beautiful, in the natural and moral worlds, -and has thus more influence in forming his character than perhaps all other school-books united.

Such, in the opinion of the compiler, is the province of the reading-book; and the endeavor has here been made to prepare a series which should fulfill this high mission, and serve, in the hands of our noble army of teachers, not only as instruments of mental culture, but of moral elevation, to the young generation on whom the future hopes of our country and the cause of civilization depend.

If students, having mastered this book, desire to make a further or more systematic study of English literature, such a compilation as Underwood's Handbook will be found excellent for that purpose.

The writer would here express his obligations to Messrs. J. R. Osgood & Co. for permission to use extracts from their copyright editions of leading American authors; and he acknowledges with gratitude the assistance he has received from many kind friends, particularly from J. T. Trowbridge, Esq., to whom he is especially indebted.

L. B. M.

READING LESSONS.

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PROSE.

ART.

PAGB

I. GOD ALL IN ALL

Convers Francis 61

III. THE ELDER BROTHER. (Part First.)

63

IV. THE ELDER BROTHER. (Part Second.)

65

VI. TREATMENT OF THE AMERICAN

COLONIES

Lord Chatham

70

VIII. THE HEROINE OF NANCY. (Part First.) .

74

IX. THE HEROINE OF NANCY. (Part Second.)

76

XI. HANDSOME IS THAT HANDSOME

DOES.

J. G. Whittier . . 85

XIII. THE GLORIES OF MORNING

Edward Everett 89

XV. LIFE EVERYWHERE

G. H. Lewes

91

XVII. THE CHEERFUL LOCKSMITH

Charles Dickens 96

XXI. ZENOBIA'S AMBITION

William Ware 105

XXIII. “WITH BRAINS, SIR”

J. Brown, M. D. . 110

XXV. THE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL,

(Part First.)

A. H. Everett

117

XXVI. THE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL.

(Part Second.).

A. H. Everett 120

XXVIII. ARRAIGNMENT OF CATILINE

Cicero

125

XXXII. TROUT-FISHING

132

XXXIV. ONE OF MR. CROWFIELD'S MOODS. Mrs. H. B. Stowe 140

XXXVI. THE RETURN OF THE BIRDS .

John Burroughs . 145

XXXVIII. PATIENT CONTINUANCE IN WELL-

DOING

Mrs. L. M. Child 150

XL. THE UNKNOWN WRECK

Wash. Irving 152

XLII. SYMPATHY WITH THE GREEKS. Henry Clay. 155

XLIV. CHARACTER OF CHARLES THE

FIRST

Lord Macaulay 158

XLVI. RUINS OF JAMESTOWN SETTLE-

MENT

William Wirt. 161

XLVIII. LEARNING BY HEART

V. Lushington. 165

L. THE LOVE OF NATURE

Beattie.

171

LII. THE TRUE USE OF WEALTH

John Ruskin 174

LIV. SUPPOSED SPEECH OF JOHN ADAMS Daniel Webster 179

LVI. CROMWELL'S EXPULSION OF THE

PARLIAMENT

John Lingard . . 184

LVIII. MICHAEL ANGELO, ARTIST AND

ARTISAN

Card. Wiseman, 187

LX, RALEIGH'S FIRST INTERVIEW WITH

THE QUEEN. (Part First.)

Walter Scott. 192

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