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EPISTOLARY SELECTIONS ;
TO IMPROVE YOUNG PERSONS
IN THE ART OF LETTER-WRITING, AND IN THE
PRINCIPLES OF VIRTUE AND PIETY.
With introductory RULES and OBSERVATIONS on
writers from whom the letters are selected.
“scarcely any species of composition deserves more, 16 be cultivated
BY THE AUTHOR OF
« LESSONS FOR YOUNG PERSONS IN HUMBLE LIFE.”
SECOND EDITION, ENLARGED
Entered at Stationers' Wall, JULICIOUS selection from the letters of eminent wri. ters, may properly find place among the various publi. cations, designed for the instruction and amusement of young persons. By presenting to their view, some of the best models, both with respect to language and sentiment, which English literature affords, it will render them considerable assistance in acquiring the epistolary art. It will, at the same time, furnish them with a pleasing diversity of reading, and enlarge their experie ence of the affairs of the world, without endangering their morals, or too much diverting their attention from severer studies; and, under the sanction of highly respectable names, it will inculcate, in a peculiarly striking and influential manner, the most important principles of virtue and piety.
To accomplish these objects, is the design of the present work. The letters of which it is composed, are recommendable by the correctness, and, in many instances, by the elegance, of their diction, and by the pure morality which they breathe. They have been very attentively revised, and, where necessary, abridged, in order to adapt them to the nature and limits of this work. They are taken from original British writers, not from translations, that they may exhibit the English language in its native purity, liveliness, and simplicity. They have chiefly been written in modern times, and on domestic and familiar subjects: they are, therefore, the better calculated to instruct and interest the young reader, and to afford the most useful and pleasing specimens of episto