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A CHOICE COLLECTION OF

R E A DINGS IN PROSE.

BY PROF. E. A. ANDREWS.

NEW ILLUSTRATED EDITION.

BOSTON:

T. H. CARTER & CO. AND B. B. MUSSEY.

1844.

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PREFACE.

This work consists of Tales and Essays selected from various English publications, which have either never been published in this country, or have had but a very limited circulation here. It is intended to be, as its name implies, a useful and entertaining companion for LEISURE HOURS,—a book which may enliven the family circle, when assembled upon a winter's evening around the social hearth,—which may accompany the reader while travelling by land or water, in stage-coaches or in steam-boats,—which may go with him when he flies from the heat, and noise, and dust of the city, to the pure air, and refreshing shade, and quiet enjoyments of the country,—which may cheer him in hours of languor and of sickness, and which may profitably fill up those vacant hours in the life of a student, or man of business, when the mind, exhausted by its efforts, seeks, in amusement, for the restoration of its wonted powers. If it shall be found to contribute to these purposes,-if, while it

amuses, it shall sometimes instruct by the pictures of life which it exhibits,—if, by the elegance of its style, and the purity of its sentiments, it shall serve to improve

the literary or moral taste of our countrymen, we shall deem the time and labor, which we have devoted to its preparation, well bestowed

This volume may, in due time, be followed by others, perhaps of a widely-different character ; but in all our publications it will be our object to blend entertainment with instruction, to improve the taste while the various powers of the mind are called into pleasant and healthful exercise, and to aid in training the moral feelings to the love and practice of every duty.

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