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curiosity, or increase attention to any branch of prositable knowledge, and diffuse more widely the light of general information, he will have the satissaction to think, that his time, his reflections, and his studies, have not been sacrisiced 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,
THE Design of the Work. The various branches of Literature aud Science are considered with reference to young Men in the higher classes of life, as they are, I. Christians; II. as Students, who enjoy the advantages of a liberal Education; III. as Members Of The British ConstiTution. The consideration of these important relations in which they stand to Society, has suggested the choice of the following subjects. The pursuit of them, carried to such aa extent as is compatible with due attention to professional Studies, is calculated to improve the faculties of the mind,—to inform the understanding, strengthen the judgment, engage the memory fn an agreeable exercise, and prepare a young Man for the best performance of his various duties in life. P. 1—16.
'" .ii.H,; .; <./.— • -■ .!.'; THE CHRISTIAN TtELTGl'ON.
THE reasonableness of instructing Children in the principles of Religion at au early age. The superior excellence of Christian Knowledge. The leading proofs of the truth of Christianity stated. I. The Authenticity Of The Books Of The New Testament. II. The Character or Our'Lord And Saviour. III. The Prophecies of which he was the Subject, and those which he pronounced, IV. His Miracles. V". His Precei«ts, or Christian Ethics. VI.The Rapid And Extensive Propagation Of The Gospel at its sirst preaching,. under circumstances the most hostile to its success. p. 17—56".
REASONS why the doctrines and precepts of the Christian Religion have been attacked by Insidels of all ages.—Their arguments weak and inconclusive.—The absurd Opinions of the French Philosophijis and their Followers, relative to Universal Philanthropy, expofed. 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 more 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 Revelation of the divine will to mankind—establishes the certainty of afuturestate—reconciles Man to the dispensations of Providence —and qualifies him by a Life of Faith and Obedience for the Rewards of Eternity. 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 Moses.—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 source.—Origin of the Italian and French Languages.—The distinctions between ancient and modern Languages. P. 83—101.
ITS Origin and Trogress. The Simplicity of its grammatical Construction—Has been brought more nearly to a regular
standard by the writings of Bishop Lowth, Dr. Johnson, and Mr. Home Tooke—Is both copious and energetic, and well adapted to Poetry. —Its beauties and defects. —Great superiority 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 SU1JJECT CONTINUED.
SOME of the purest Writers of English recommended.— Shakespeare — Ralegh—Speed—Taylor,—ClaresBow — Temple—Barrow—-locke—Dr Yd En—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 perpetuity. P. 125—137.
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THE LATIN LANGUAGE.'.
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—Terence— Lucretius — Cicero — Cornelius Nep'os — Cæsar — Livy—Virgil—Horace, &c. Points in which Latin are inferior to Greek Writers. A degeneracy of style remarkable in Tacitus—Suetonius—PlinyT—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.