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INTERESTING AND INSTRUCTIVE
WITH VARIOUS ORIGINAL EXERCISES,
INTENDED AS A SEQUEL TO THE
FOR THE USE OF JUNIOR CLASSES.
BY JAMES CAMPBELL,
TEACHER OF ENGLISH AND GEOGRAPHY,
DUNDEE PUBLIC SEMINARIES.
Printed for the Author ;
TIMS, EVANS & SCULLY, DUBLIN; STIRLING & KENNEY, EDIN-
Every author imagines that he can produce something that will attract public notice, and for this reason we have a redundancy of books on all subjects, and perhaps more on that of Elementary Education than on any other. The tastes and feelings of men are as diversified as the lineaments of their countenances, and a knowledge of this fact is the great actuating principle that sets the mind at work to supply real or fancied deficiencies. To combine in one production all the excellencies that might be culled from the perplexing maze of human ingenuity, would be an approximation to perfection, and an achievement that would render all further endeavours superfluous; but this is a hopeless attainment in man's present state, and there is therefore no end to modifications and diversity of labour.
The compiler of the following selections is by no means so vain as to hope that his exertions will be crowned with enviable success, but of this he rests assured, that there will be some to approve, and others to condemn; for so varied are the motives which influence criticism, that the most meagre productions will find admirers, while those that are most elaborate will, in some respects, be found faulty.
The exercises on opposite meanings, &c. at the end of each section, are novelties, but whether they constitute an improvement, or not, remains to be determined by experience.
DUNDEE, 1st May, 1832.
RELIGION, MORALITY, &c.
Prudence, Resignation, &c.— Anecdotes,
Do. do. of Patriotism,
Circulation of the Scriptures before the Christian Era,
NATURAL HISTORY, &c.