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COMPRISING

A NEW AND VARIOUS SELECTION

Or

ELEGANT EXTRACTS

PROSE AND POETRY,

FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED AN

INTRODUCTION

ON THE

ARTS-UE READING AND SPEAKING:

BY RODOLPHUS DICKINSON, Ese.
Author of GEOGRAPHICAL PUBLICATIONS, &c

PUBLISHED BY
R. P. & C. WILLIAMS, BOSTON, AND EZEKIEL GOODALEN
HALLOWELL.--For Sale by them at their respective
Book-Stores, and by most of the Book-

Sellers in New-ENGLAND.

I. GOODALE, PLINTER

1815

THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY
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ASTOP, LENDAB
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

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L. S.

DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT:

BE IT REMEMBERED that on the twenty-second ? day of May, in the thirty-ninth year of the Independence Sof the United States of America, R. P. & C. Williams, of

the said district have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit : “The Columbian Reader, comprising a new and various selection of elegant extracts in prose and poetry, for the use of schools in the United States, to which is prefixed an Introduction on the Arts of Reading and Speaking : By RODOL; puus Dickinson, Esq. Author of Geographical Publications, &c."

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled “An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by secur, ing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times 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 tinies thercin mentioned, and extending the benents thereof to the arts of Designing, Engraying, and Etching, Historical and other prints:"

WILLIAM S. SHAW,
Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.

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Boston, October 15, 1815. THE Compiler has attempted, in this work, to present the American public, with an assemblage of the most brilliant beauties of com

position. The introduction is derived from id

an elegant and comprehensive course of Lectures on Rhetoric, by a late distinguished citizen of Philadelphia.' In the selection of w the other part, reference has been had, as far an as practicable, to subjects that were deemed 1; most interesting to the American reader. It

will be perceived that native productions have been extensively used ; and all will feel a just pride in the very honorable testimony they exEt, hibit, of the literary taste and genius of our

country. Responsibility for the correctness of d the religious and moral tendency of the work, has been felt in its full force : and it is confidently believed, that not a sentiment will be fonnd, unfavorable to virtue. The Compiler indulges the hope that the publication will be, comparatively, adapted to the professed object; and aside from that consideration, that even the admirers of fine writing, will not regard him as having performed a thankless office.

R. D. Campbell

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