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curiosity, or increase attention to any branch of profitable knowledge, and diffuse more widely the light of general information, he will have the satisfaction to think, that his time, his reflections, and his studies, have not been facrificed to a frivolous purpose, by thus endeavouring, in conformity with the occupations of the most valuable portion of his life, to instruct the rising generation.
Trinity College, Oxford,
June 21, 1806.
GENERAL TABLE OF CONTENTS.
THE Design of the Work. The various branches of Litera.
Education; III. as MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH CONSTI-
THE reasonableness of instructing Children in the principles
- THE SUBJECT CONTINUED. REASONS why the doctrines and precepts of the Christian Religion have been attacked by Infidels of all ages. Their arguments weak and incouclusive. --The absurd Opinions of the French Philofophists and their Followers, relative to Universal Philanthropy, exposed. The Christian Religion has produced the happiest effects upon the Opinions, Conduct, and Institutions of Mankind.—It was darkened by Superstition, and intermixed with Error by the Papists--but was brought back inore nearly to the Apostolical Standard by the ReFORMATION—-particularly by the PROTESTANT ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND. Summary of the sublime Truths of Christianity.-It comprehends the last Revelution of the dicine will to mankind-establishes the certainty of a future state-reconciles Man to the dispensations of Providence --and qualifies him by a Life of Faith and Obedience for the Rewards of Eternity.
i P. 57—82.
LANGUAGE IN GENERAL. ADVANTAGES resulting from a Knowledge of various Languages. All Languages are derived from one original Source. The most rational system of the Origin of Speech accords with the Scriptural account of Mofes.--Hieroglyphics
and Painting.-Alphabetical Characters are the most perfect · representation of ideas their Origin and Progress--those of modern Europe may be traced to one fource.--Origin of the Italian and French Languages.--The distinctions between ancient and modern Languages.
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
ITS Origin and Progress. The Simplicity of its gramma. tical Construction - Has been brought more nearly to a regular
standard by the writings of Bishop Lowth, Dr. Johnson, and Mr. Horne Tooke-Is both copious and energetic, and well adapted to Poetry. - Its beauties and defects. -- Great fuperiority of English to French Verse.- Remarks on those Writers who have unnecessarily introduced into their works many words of Latin derivation, particularly Sir Thomas Brown, the Author of the Vulgar Errors, and Dr. Johnson.-Strictures on the Stile of Gibbon.
.: P. 102-124.
THE SUBJECT CONTINUED. .
:- SOME of the purest Writers of Engli recommended.SHAKESPEARE - RALEGH-SPEED-TAYLOR,CLARENBON -TEMPLE-BARROW--LOCKE-DRYDEN-SWIFT ADDISON-Pore-MELMOTH-SIR J. REYNOLDS, &c. &c. -The excellence of the English Translation of the Bible. The practice of Writing gives to Conversation correctness and elegance.—Disagreement between our Orthography and Pronunciation-How they ought to be regulated. The excellence of our Language, when considered as the vehicle of some of the most instructive and delightful productions of the human mind. The Settlement of the English Colonies in North America and the East Indies will probably contribute to its per. petuity.
ITS Utility-It was formerly the Language of all Persons of Education for conversation as well as writing.-Its Origin. Inferior to Greek, particularly in wanting the article.--Its Beauties and discriminating Features. The progress of its Improvement. Sketch of the purest Writers ---TERENCELUCRETIUS — CICERO ---CORNELIUS NEPOS CASARLIVY-VIRGIL-HORACE, &c. Points in which Latin are inferior to Greek Writers. A degeneracy of style remarkable in Tacitus-Suetonius-Pliny--Lucan--Seneca. Many beauties of the Classics are lost in Translations. State of the Language in modern times. State of the Language before and after the fall of the Roman Empire.--The best models of Imitation for Writers of Latin, are CICERO and VIRGIL.