its weight to the name it bears, or to the person who first gave it currency.

In quoting the sayings of ancient writers, I have taken the liberty of altering here and there a word without in the least changing the sentiment.

If parents or teachers put this little thing into the hands of the young, I think they have no reason to dread


bad effects from it, and they may see some advantage.

J. T.

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Moral Maxims.

1. On the Improvement of the Mind............ 13 2. On Good and Bad Tempers....

16 3. On Obedience to Parents and Teachers....... 18 4. On the Choice of Companions and Friends. 20 5. On Conversation.

22 6. On Books and Reading.

25 7. On Time........

27 8. On Diligence and Delay.



Religious Maxims. 1. On Piety in General. 2. On Repentance. 3. On Faith in Christ. 4. On the Influence of the Holy Spirit. 5. On a good Conscience...... 6. On the Holy Scriptures. 7. On Meditation. 8. On Prayer. ... 9. On a Holy and Useful Life. 10. On a Happy Death ....... 11. On darious Subjects......

33 36 38 41 42 46 49 51 54 56 58


Directions, or Short Hints of Advice. PART I.


1. On Dress. .......
2. On Riches.
3. On Reputation.
4. On Pleasures.

67 71 75 79


On the Improvement of the Mind.

1. 'TIS education forms the youthful mind; Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclin’d.


2. Where we perceive a thirst for information and a habit of attention, we may expect to see a pleasing progress in learning.

3. As wholesome food and constant exercise are conducive to the health and strength of the body, so useful knowledge and frequent meditation promote the vigour and happiness of the mind.

4. There is a vain curiosity, employed about mere trifles, and there is a laudable and inquisitive curiosity, which is the noble spring of all improvement.


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