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“ 'Tis our design,
« Instruction with amusement to combine.'




Proprietor of the Copy right

P. $ $. Polley, Printeré. ,


SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW-YORK ; ss. Be IT REMEMBERED, that on the tenth day of April, in the

fortieth year of the Independence of the Uni

ted States of Ainerica, Paraclete Potter, of L. S. the said District, hath deposited in this office

the title of a book, the right whereof he claims

as proprietor, in the words following, to wit : * The American Reader, consisting of Familiar, Instruc" tive, and Entertaining Stories. Selected for the use of " Schools. By Herman Daggett, A. M. 'Tis our design,

1 * Instruction with amusement to combine.

“ Third Edition." In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled “An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned." And also to an Act, entitled" an Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled an Act, for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein inentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of desigoing, and etching historical and other pripts.".

of the Southern District of New York.

SUCH a book as the one which is now offered to the public, under the title of “ THE AMERICAN READER,” is in the opinion of the compiler, greatly needed in our schools.

It was bis original design to have comprised the work in two parts; adapting the first to the capaeities of those children, who, by a thorough know ledge of their Spelling Book, were prepared to make their first attempts at reading without spelling. But after examining a small publication enti. tled “ The Child's INSTRUCTOR," which is already considerably used in schools, he finds it so well adapted to readers of the above description, that he takes the liberty to recommend it as a suitable introduction to the present work.

It is obvious that a book, designed to facilitate the art of reading, should be calculated to engage the attention of children, as much as possible. To this end itshould be composed of pieces which are ad:spted to their understandings, and interesting to their inaginations. Children with such a book in their hands, will advance in the art of reading,

more in one week, than they otherwise would in four ; and, with respect to most children, I might say, in ten.

Thus the time and expense of their education would be greatly lessened.

But this is not all. With such a book, they will learn to read more properly as well as more speedily. The principal reason why children contract a disagreeable and unmeaning pronunciation (which they often retain through life) is becaise reading is made too much, a disagreeable

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