PREFACE .
To Parents and Guardians .
Of all the duties incumbent on man in so¬
ciety , there is not any so important , so exciting ,
and so interesting , as the education of chil¬
dren ; from birth to adolescence its progress
exhibits a scene of delight . According to the
improved system , the primary elements of
learning are at present polished into agreeable
subjects of amusement , the labour hitherto
attached to dry unintelligible tasks is banished ,
and as the powers of the mind become deve¬
loped , they are called upon and exercised in
aid of the exertion requisite to attain learning
and science .
This state of things , combined with the
great advancement lately effected in all