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Published for the Use of Children and
By J. AIKIN, M.D.
I. The Calendar of Nature. Price Is.
1. Of Providing Food.
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relative to Literature and the Conduct of Life.
2 Vols. 12s, in boards. IV. England Delineated; or, a Geographical Description of
England and Wales, with outline Maps of the
Counties, 8s. bound. V. Letters to a Young Lady on reading a Course of English
Poetry. 6s. boards.
By Mrs. BARBAULD.
I. Lessons for Children. Four Parts. 2s. II. Hymns for Children. ls.
By ARTHUR AIKIN.
By R. L. and MARIA EDGEWORTH.
1. Early Lessons for Children. Ten Parts, 5s. II. The Parent's Assistant; or, Stories for Children.
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The mansion-house of the pleasant. village of Beechgrove was inhabited by the family of FAIRBORNE, consisting of the master and mistress, and a numerous progeny of children of both sexes. Of these, part were educated at home under their parents' care, and part were sent out to school. The house was seldom unprovided with visitors, the intimate friends or relations of the owners, who were entertained with cheerfulness and hospitality, free from ceremony and parade. They formed, during their stay, part of the family; and were ready to concur with Mr. and Mrs. Fairborne in any little domestic plan for varying their amusements, and par- : ticularly for promoting the instruction and entertainment of the younger part
of the household. As some of them were accustomed to writing, they would frequently produce a fable, a story, or dialogue, adapted to the age and understanding of the young people. It was always considered as a high favour when they would so employ themselves; and when the pieces were once read over, they were carefully deposited by Mrs. Fairborne in a box, of which she kept the key. None of these were allowed to be taken out again till all the children were assembled in the holidays. It was then made one of the evening amusements of the family to rummage the budget, as their phrase was. One of the least children was sent to the box, who putting in its little hand, drew out the paper that came next, and brought it into the parlour. This was then read distinctly by one of the older ones; and after it had undergone sufficient consideration, another little messenger was
dispatched for a fresh supply; and so on, till as much time had been spent in this manner as the parents thought proper. Other children were admitted to these readings, and as the Budget of Beechgrove Hall became somewhat celebrated in the neighbourhood, its proprietors were at length urged to lay it open to the public. They were induced to comply; and have presented its contents in the promiscuous order in which they came to hand, which they think will prove more agreeable than a methodical arrangement. Thus, therefore, without further preface, begins the
ON THE OAK.
Tut. Come, my boys, let us sit down awhile under yon shady tree. I don't
know how your young legs feel, but mine are almost tired.
Geo. I am not tired, but I am very hot.
Har. And I am hot, and very dry too.
Tut. When you have cooled yourself you may drink out of that clear brook. In the mean time we will read a little out of a book I have in my pocket. [They go and sit down at the foot of
the tree.] Har. What an amazing large tree! How wide its branches spread! Pray what tree is it?
Geo. I can tell you that. It is an Oak. Don't you see the acorns?
Tut. Yes, it is an Oak--the noblest tree this country produces ;-not only grand and beautiful to the sight, but of the greatest importance from its