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AN

AMERICAN SELECTION,

OF LESSONS

IN

READING AND SPEAKING.

CALCULATED TO
IMPROVE THE MINDS AND
REFINE THE TASTE OF YOUTH.

90 WHICH Alle prefixed
Hules iu Elocution,

AND

DIRECTIONS FOR EXPRESSING
THE PRINCIPAL PASSIONS OF THE MIND.

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ADVERTISEMENT TO THE REVISED EDITION.

• THE American Selection, tho well received and much used in schools, has been thought susceptible of improve. ment; the compiler has therefore made some alterations, omitting some pieces which were believed to be less adapted to interest young minds, and substituting others, which cannot fail to be as entertaining as useful. The present edition comprehends a great variety of sentiment, morality, history, elocution, anecdote and description; and it is believed, will be found to contain pen whole interesting matter, as any compilation of the size lichide. EW YORY

new-haven, sept. 1804. PUBLIC LIBRARI

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DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT, 88 TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

I ASTOR, LENOX AND BE it remembered, that on the thinkieth dau o ianuary in the twenty-eighth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Noah W.BSTER, jun. of said District, esa quire, hath deposited in this Office, the Title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as Author, in the words following, viz, An American Selection of Lessons in Reading and Speaking, calculated to improve the minds and refine the taste of youth-To which are firefixed Rules in Elocution and directions for expressing the principal passions of the mind -By No4N WEBSTER, JUN. Author of Dissertations on th English Language, Collection of Essays and Fugitive u lings, the Prompter, &c." In conformity to the Act of tki Con, C98 of the United States, entitled an act for the ncourag inome of learning, by securing the copies of maps, mharis and DUOKS, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned.

CHARLES DENISON, 1. Clerk of the District of Connecticut, , Connectica '98.

District Clerk's Office: Jan. 30, 1904. .

A true copy of record,
CRAKLES Denison, Clerka

but great minds have but little admiration, because few things appear new to them.

It happens to men of learning as to ears of corn; they Veo shoot up, and raise their heads high, while they are empns ty; but when full and swelled with grain, they begin to pi dag and droop.

He that is truly polite, knows how to contradict with m respect, and to please without adulation; and is e uully al reniote from an insipid complaisance, and a low fainiiiarity,

The failings of good men are commonly more publishaced in the world than their good deeds; and one fault of a

deserving man will meet with more reproaches, than all his virtuts, praise : Such is the force of ill will, and ili nature.

It is harder to avoid censure, than to gain at plause ; for this may be done by one great or wise action in an age ; bui to escape censure, a nian must pass his whole life, without saying or doing one ill or toolish thing.

V Leu Darius offered Alexander ten thousand talents to divide Asia equally with hiin, he answered ; The earth cannot bear two Suns, nor Asia two Kings. Parmenio, a friend of Alexander's, hearing the great offers that Darius had made, said, Were I Alexander, I wouid except them. So would I, replied Alexander, were I Parmenio.

An old age unsupported with matter for discourse and meditation, is much to be dreaded. No state can be more destitute than that of him, who, when the delights of sense forsake him, has no pleasures of the mind.

Such is the condition of life, that something is always Wanted to happiness. In youth, we have warm hopes, which are soon biasted by rashness and negligence ; and great designs, which are defeated by experience. In agen we have knowledge aud pruuence, without spirit to exeri, or motives to prompt them. We are able to plan schemes and regulate measures, but have not time remaining to biing them to completion.

Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out. It is alwuys near at hand, and sits' upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware: Whereas a lie is troublesome, and sets a man's invention upon the rack; and one trick needs a great many more to make it good.

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