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"I found no narrowness respecting sects and opinions: but believed that sincere,
WILLIS P. HAZARD, 178 CHESTNUT STREET.
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1S52, by
WILLIS P. HAZARD,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
STEREOTYPED BY S. DOUGLAS WYETH AGT., NO 7 PEAR STREET.
PRINTED BY C. SHERMAN &. CO.
The thought of this volume grew from the belief that it was needed; and its execution lies in the maxim, "Do the duty that is nearest thee." It is the result of abundant resources, which the gleaner has found it a pleasant labour to arrange in accordance with the dictates of her own taste, and the experience of a more matured judgment.
The selections have been made with particular reference to the inculcation of sound and truthful principles, and the spirit and aim of the book is to encourage a taste for the good, the pure and the beautiful.
From some whose occupation as teachers render their opinions of value, we have received letters of interest and encouragement: and while one reminds her that" The youthful mind is most easily reached through the imagination and the affections," another writes—"I rejoice in the attempt to give us a suggestive school book, having the spirit of reform and progress in it: the mysterious power to attract, quicken and develope the heart and mind."
She would fain hope that many of the articles in this volume may meet the views of enlightened teachers, and that germs of noble thoughts, and pure impulses, may yet spring from the grain that lies hidden in the "Wheat-Sheaf."
Philadelphia, 10th Month, 1852.