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A PLAIN AND PRACTICAL VIEW OF THOSE SUBJECTS MOST INTERESTING

TO PERSONS, IN THE ORDINARY PROFESSIONS OF LIFE.

Xllustrated by numerous Engravings.

SECOND IMPROVED EDITION.

EDITED
BY CHARLES A. GOODRICH,

PHILADELPHIA.

Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 100.:

the Act of Congress, in the year 1831, by Charles A. Goodrich, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of Connecticut.

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.1831 PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.

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Cntered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1031, by 4. Goodrich, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of Connecticut.

The First Edition of the following work, having met with a more flattering reception among its Patrons, than the most sanguine hopes of the Editor allowed him to anticipate, he has been encouraged to attempt several improvements in this edition.

In making these improvements, the Editor has endeavored to render the plan of the work more simple-has erased such portions as appeared devoid of interest, or utility, and substituted therefor more than sixty pages, original matter, on topics, which, it is believed, will be found important in the view of those for whose benefit the work is designed.

It has been the object of the Editor from the first to proceed upon the principle of selection and utility to embrace so few subjects, as to enable him to enlarge upon them, according to their relative importance; and to treat of them in so plain and practical a manner, as to render the work intelligible and useful. By this means, he has been enabled, he trusts, in a measure to avoid a serious objection, which has sometimes been made to the portable Encyclopedias extant, that they embrace so great a variety of articles, as to render them little more than Dictionaries. · A different course has been here adopted ; and it yives the Editor pleasure to know that it has the sanction of a large portion of his patrons.

To the friends, who have aided him, and lightened his task, he takes occasion to renew the expression of his thanks, especially to the author of the article on Horticulture. In respect to that article, the Editor is requested to say, that it is chiefly an abridgement of Cobbett’s excellent system of gardening. And in relation to several other parts of the work, he can claim no other merit, than that of presenting to his readers a condensed and faithful compilation.

The nature of the work has precluded him, in many instances, from giving credit to the several authors of whose labors, he has availed himself.

It belongs to this place, therefore, to express his obligation to Guy's Pocket Encyclopedia, Edinburgh Encyclopedia, Mitchel's Pocket Encyclopedia, Library of Useful Knowledge, Library of Entertaining Knowledge, Godman's Natural History, Goldsmith's Natural History, Hooper's Medical Dictionary, Family Physician, American Farmer, New England Farmer, Complete Grazier, Loudon's Encyclopedia of Agriculture, Clater's, Hind's and Mason's Farming, White on the Diseases of Caitle, Bigelow's Technology, Allen's Mechanics, Tegg's Book of Utility, American Almanac, &c. &c.

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