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DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, to wit:
District Clerk's Office.
Clerk of the District
The author of this work considered it as an experiment on public opinion, respecting a department of instruction, in which diversities of taste have had more scope for exercise, than in almost any other. His best hopes therefore have been far exceeded by the speedy demand for a second edition, and by other unequivocal marks of favor with which the publication has been generally received. A few unimportant changes have been made in this edition, from the friendly suggestions of those who had read the former. In general, it is reprinted, page for page, with only the correction of typographical, and other small errors, which were occasioned by haste or mistake. The peculiar character of the book is such, that, to break up its identity, as to order of references, would render it impossible for both editions to be advantageously used, by the same class. Should another edition be called for, it may perhaps be best to forego this advantage, if any substantial improvements in the work should render it necessary.
The author will only add that, should his health and engagements permit, in compliance with various solicitations he has received, it is his intention to prepare a smaller work, on the same general principles, for the use of acad. emies and the higher schools.
Andover, Jan. 1828.