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AN earnest defire of improving this Selection as
much as poffible, has engaged the Compiler to make confiderable alterations upon it in every fucceeding impreffion. For these liberties he hopes to be forgiven; especially as they have been the means of giving it, at last, a degree of excellence, which, he flatters himself, will render it highly acceptable to every perfon of taste. To prevent, however, the inconveniences which might attend the varying of it fo much in future editions, it is determined to allow it, henceforward, to remain the fame, or nearly the fame, as it is now prefented to the Public. -Of the general plan and manner of ufing it, the following is a fhort account.
PART I. is calculated to form the accurate and polished Reader. It is divided into eight fections; five in Profe, and three in Verfe. For several reasons, it was thought proper to preferve the poetical pieces entirely diftinct from the profaic; but, in teaching, it will, generally, be preferable to take the sections in the orderOne, Two, Three, Six, Four, Seven, Five, Eight: by which method, the learner will be well exercised in the reading of Prófe before entering upon that of Verfe; and will, afterwards, read a section of the latter kind and one of the former alternately, till this Part be finished.
PART II. may be read with no less advantage tham the preceding, by pupils of every denomination; but is particularly adapted for such as may have occafion to fpeak in public. This Part is divided into five fections; the first three, exhibiting fpecimens of eloquence fuited, refpectively, to the Pulpit, the Senate, and the Bar; the fourth, Speeches delivered on various occafions; the fifth, Dramatic pieces. Thefe may be gone reA 3 gularly
gularly through by every ftudent; though, where a
In the Appendix is given a course of Lessons on an
By cafting the eye along the table of Contents, the
Edinburgh, Jan. 6. 1789.