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ionable, she seems to suppose, among young ladies. We shall leave to our fair readers to decide upon the comparative merits of these two classes of accomplishments, the external and the internal, and also to decide whether the former may not be inore surely acquired through the possession of the latter, than in any other way. In the mean time we venture to commend Mrs Ellis to their especial regard.
A Practical Treatise on Arithmetic; wherein every principle
taught is explained in a simple and obvious manner, containing numerous questions, and combining the useful properties of former works, with the modern improvements. Being a complete system. To which is added a Description of Book-keeping, with Examples for Practice. By George Leonard, Jr. Boston, Geo. W. Light. 1839. 12mo. pp. 547.
We are frank to confess that we had seen new arithmetics and geographies and grammars, all claiming to be improved ones, till we were ready to be heart-sick at the sight of them. But here comes one more, and circumstances having led us to examine it, we will, with all bonesty, make one more confession, which is, that we like it. Without making very high claims, without any claims which are immodest, it really seems to us to embrace important improvements.
One of these improvements consist in placing Federal Money after Decimal Fractions, and not before them as bas usually-we know not but always—been done. The Square and Cube Root are also made more intelligible than in any work of the kind we have seen. The articles on Mensuration and Simple Machines, are of first rate importance. Book-keeping, or as the author modestly calls it, a description of book-keeping, seems to us highly desirable in a work of this kind, and we are glad to witness the present effort. We do not value the questions at the bottom of the pages, as highly as many teachers do ; nevertheless, they may be useful to some persons. In general, however, we are very inuch pleased with the work; and we wish it were introduced into all our schools.
The Bible READER ; being a new selection of reading lessons from
the Holy Scriptures, for the use of schools and families. By William Bentley Fowle, author of the Primary Reader, and various other school books. pp. 283. Boston: published by the author. 1839.
“After reading the Scriptures more than seventeen years in his own school,” says the author in his preface, “where are female children of every age and of every denomination of christians, the compiler has endeavored to meet his own wants, after waiting in vain to have them better supplied.” We cannot better express the plan and purpose of the work than in the words of the compiler. “ The work is divided into three Parts; the first containing selections from the Old Testament; the third, selections from the New, in chronological order, so that a correct general outline of Scripture history may be impressed upon the mind by the perusal of this compend; and the second part contains such miscellaneous passages as most forcibly exhibit the precepts of our religion, arranged under suitable heads. The compiler has been anxious not only to make every lesson a lesson of wisdom, but also to show that besides their inestimable value as the only safe guide of faith and practice, the Holy Scriptures abound in the best reading lessons that our literature affords.” “ The text of the common translation has been scrupulously followed.”
From a somewhat cursory examination of this volume, we judge that Mr Fowle has done this work well, that the selections are judiciously made, and that the work is wisely arranged to answer the purposes intended by its author. We bave not found the difficulty which Mr Fowle has experienced in making a suitable selection froin the Bible itself, nor do we think with him that this is the cause why the Bible is not universally used as a reading book. The difficulty lies rather in the peculiar and diseased state of public sentiment, which requires the use of the Bible in our schools, and virtually excludes it by the outcry of sectarianism. We do not doubt that the volume published by Mr Fowle will find, as it deserves, a ready reception and ample success.
TaE PRIMARY READER ; consisting of original and selected lessons, intended to instruct as well
as improve the younger class of learners. By William Bentley Fowle, Principal of the Boston Female Monitorial School. pp. 160. Boston, 1837.
A book of sprightly narratives, which will as well interest as instruct its young readers. It reminds us strongly of the reading lessons in Noah Webster, which charmed our early days—no mean recommendation in these years of stately reading books.
The CHARACTERS OF SCHILLER; by Mrs Ellet. Otis, Broaders &
We hope to make our readers acquainted with this volume in our next. The mechanical execution of it is very good.
BY CHARLES DAVIES.
It has been the intention, in this course, to unite the analytical methods of the French, with the practical methods of the English School. These works embrace the entire course of Mathematics pursued at the United States Military Academy. They have also been adopted by many of the Colleges as regular Text Books, and are likewise extensively used in Select : chools and Academies. Numerous testimonials in favor of these works have been received from professional men, in all parts of the United States. They are respectfully recommended to the attention of Instructers and all others interested in education.
DAVIES' MENTAL AND PRACTICAL ARITHMETIC, It is the object of this work to explain in a brief and clear manner, the properties of numbers, and the best rules for their various applications. The subjects are arranged throughout in a natural and scientific order, each depending on those which have gone before it. All the terms, or technical words, are defined. In each subject the most elementary ilea is first presented, generally under the form of a question, then follow illustrations or examples, and lastly the general rule.
KEY to Davies' Mental and Practical Arithmetic, for the use of Teachers only.
This work bas each sum in the Arithmetic carefully and fully wiought out. It a so contains additional examples in each rule, which are not found in the Arithmetic-so that the Teacher will be enabled to exercise bis pupils, if he wishes, by questions which are not in their books.
Davies' First Lessons in Algebra, Being an Introduction to the Science. It has been the intention, in this work, to form a connecting link between Arithmetic and Algebra, 10 mnite and blend, as far as possible, the reasoning in numbers, with the more abstruse method of Analysis. It is designed to follow the Mental and Practical Arithmetic, and to serve as an introduction to Bourdon's Algebra. This work is an abridgemeut of the work of M. Bourdon, with the ad
dition of practical Examples. The treatise on Algebra, by Bourdon, is a work of singular excellence and merit. In France, it is one of the leading text books, and shortly after its publication had passed through several editions. It has been translated, in part by Professor De Morgan, of the London University, and it is now used in the University of Cambridge. Davies' Legendre's Geometry and Trigonometry. Being an abridgment of the work of
M. Legendre, with the addition of a Treatise on Mensuration of Planes and Solids, and a
Table of Logarithms and Logarithmic Sines. This work has passed through several editions since its publication in 1831, and is becoming a general text book in the institutions of the country. Davies' Surveying ; with a description, and Plates of the Theodolite, Compass, Plane-Table and
Level; also, Maps of the Topographical Signs adopted by the Engineer Department, and an
explanation of the method of Surveying the public lands. It has been the intention in this work to begin with the very elements of the subject, and to combine those elements in the simplest manner, so as to render the higher branches of plane surveying comparativeJy casy. All the instruments needed for plotting have been carefully described ; and the uses of those rer' red for the measurement of angles are fully explained. Davies' Analytical Geometry ;-Embracing the equations of the point and straight line, a
system of Conic Sections ;-thé Equations of the line and plane in Space-also, the discus
sion of the general Equation of the Second degree, and of surfaces of the Second order. For about sixteen years the subject of Analytical Geometry bas made a part of the course of Mathematics pursued at the Military Academy, and the methods which have adopted in the present work, are thore which hve been taught with the greatest success.
Davies' Descriptive Geometry-With its application to Spherical Projections. The intimate connection which this subject has with civil engineering and architecture, renders its acquisition desirable to those who devote themselves to these pursuits. Dav es' Differetis and Integral Calculus-Embracing the Rectification and Quadrature
of Curves, the Mensuration of Surfaces, and the Cubature of Solids. T'lis branch is justly considered the most difficult of the pure Mathematics ; it has been the intention however to render the subject as plain as the nature of it would admit, but still, it cannot be mastered without patience and severe study,
Davies' Shades and Shadows and Linear Perspective. The subjects treated of in this work are certainly useful to the Architect and Draftsman a knowledge of them is indispensable.
The above works are for sale by booksellers generally throughout the United States.
WOMAN IN HER SOCIAL AND DOMESTIC CHARACTER,
CONTENTS OF PART I.
2. THE INFLUENCE OF CHRISTIANITY ON WOMAN.
INTRODUCTORY NOTICE. “ The first chapter is designed to indicate the sphere in which Christianily instructs Woman to move and act; the second to show what Christianity has done for her, and to exhibit the reasons why more women than men become pious; the third, to illustrate what is implied in the true Christian education of Woman.
" It is well known, that as the savage and pagan state is to women one of peculiar depression, so to them the civilized and refined state is attended with some peculiar liabilities to enervation and degeneracy, and that through their degeneracy, in no small degree, comes the downfall of states and nations. There is an insatiate yawning gulf, into which indolence, luxury, extravagance, and dissipation have plunged inany a nation of high liopes and attainments; and these have had their origin and countenance, in a great measure, in the false education and habits of the better sex. I have endeavored to set forth the dangers to our rising conntry from this source, and to show how they may be avoided ; to present to the minds of "our daughters" an object worthy of their loftiest and most benevolent ambition, and to show them how they may brain it; to convince them that the right cultivation and truest excellence of the female character lie at a much higher point than has been usually supposed, and to set before them the means and motives to become (in that elevated and holy state of society called the kingdom or reign of Christ, to which we aspire, and which we confidently expect) "as corner stones polished after the similitude of a palace." If the design is effectual to its object in any degree, the author's humble efforts will be well rewarded.
2. Importance of Letters to Woman.
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ABERCROMBie's INQUIRIES Concerning THE INTELLECTUAL POWERS AND THE INVESTIGATION OF TRUTH, with additions and explanations to adapt the work to the use of Schools and Academies. By Rev. Jacob Abbott, author of " The Young Christian," &c.
ABERCROMBIE's PhilosoPHY OF THE MORAL FEE NGs, with an Introductory Chapter, Additions and Explanations, to adapt the work to the use of Schools and Academies ; and also, Analytical Questions for the Examination of Classes, By Rev Jacob Abboit, author of “ The Young Christian," &c.
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