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The Editor has expreffed fome diffidence, where, I think, he might have spoken with full confidence. He fays, in the preface, that "The political fentiments contained in his book, will probably be cenfured by fome” No, Sir; just sentiments of a political, as well as thofe of a religious nature, are very far from meriting cenfure, even though they are found in a fchool-book. Does not the addrefs of General WASHINGTON to the people of the United States contain political sentiments? And will any one fay, that thofe fentiments are improper to be taught in schools !—And so far as political fentiments are couched in this work, they are fuch as lead to the fame objects: they fhew us what true glory is, and the way to attain it: they teach how to preferve liberty, and to fupport our independence. And whoever inculcates principles which tend to promote these objects, may feel a conscious pride in the full afsurance that he deferves well of his country. These principles ought to pervade all claffes of men and women: Our children fhould imbibe them with their mothers' milk; and preceptors of all denominations should never cease to cherish them in the mind of rifing generations. We mult not be taught to fear literty, because fome of her votaries are licentious :-As well might we fear religion, because some of her disciples are vicious. Guarded by TRUTH, as they always fhould be, they will never do harm. And though naked truth may offend fome, and dazzle others who have weak eyes, yet these are no good reasons for keeping her eternally hid under a bufhel. Those who wish it, are not unlike the race of owls, which would gladly have the grand luminary of heaven extinguifhed, that they might mouze by twilight.

To point out the particular excellencies of this book, would exceed the limits of my letter, which is already too long. The best way to form an eftimate of any work is to examine it ; in doing which, you will find, in every page, ample recompence for your pains. I hope, and doubt not, that your fair pupils will be profited by it, and that the compiler may receive the just recompence due to its merit.

I am, Sir,

Jan. 22d, 1801.

With the greatest esteem,
Your obedient servant,
JOHN ELY.

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Benevolence,
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Bees and Butterflies, Hervey. ib

Dryden. 52 Charity, Fielding Guardian
Tate 53

Confidence, kambler. Idler.

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Beauty, Dryden, Sedley, Ctray.
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Hereditary Power, Conflitution
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Human Nature, Spectator. ib.
Idleness, Shakespeare, kambler,

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Militia, Conflitutions Washington. ib.
Military Power, Spirit of Def
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Magiftrates Spirit of Defpotism,
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Pope. 190

Rambler. ib.

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Spectator. ib.

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