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“A virtuous woman looketh well to the ways of her household,
SIMPKIN, MARSHALL AND CO.,
STATIONERS' HALL COURT.
BOARD OF EDUCATION IN IRELAND.
My LORDS, AND GENTLEMEN;
In dedicating my little book to you, I seek not so much to cast a lustre on my work, (though fully aware of its having that effect) as hat I earnestly desire to place under your protection this humble effort, for the benefit of the children of the working classes: by that means, attracting an attention I could not hope to obtain in its unprotected insignificance, but which the sanction of your name will be certain of shedding over it, in the eyes of parents and guardians.
Countersigned as it were, by your approbation, I am convinced of its receiving all the attention it merits; and I shall then have fulfilled my utmost ambition as an humble labourer in the vineyard, of which you, gentlemen, are the worthy Stewards.
I most respectfully beg to subscribe myself,
My Lords, and Gentlemen,
Your most obedient servant,