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ETHICS FOR YOUTH,

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. We frequently fall into error and folly, not because the true prin-
ciples of action are not known, but because for a time they are not remem.
bered : he may therefore justly be numbered among the benefactors of
mankind, who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences that
may be easily impressed on the memory, and taught by frequent recollec-
tion to occur habitually to the mind."-Dr. Johnson.

LONDON:

WILLIAM PICKERING, CHANCERY LANE.

1828.

26520. f. 42

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PREFACE.

Ethics has been defined,' a science whereby man is directed to conduct his will, and the actions thereof, so as to live well and happily.'

Observation and experience continually prove the importance of instilling moral and religious principles into the mind at a very early age.

Plurimum in reliquam vitam proderit, pueros statim salubriter institui. Facile est enim teneros adhuc animos componere; difficilè reciduntur præcepta, quæ primis imprimuntur ætatibus: et naturâ tenacissimi sumus eorum, quæ pueri percepimus; ut sapor; quo nova vasa imbruuntur, durat," is the maxim of the heathen moralist. “ Train child in the

way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it," is the injunction of the Christian dispensation.

“ Truth, with the young, naturally finds a ready reception. It has but few prejudices to combat; it has no habits to overcome; and must be more acceptable than error, because the pleasure which it bestows is more pure and sublime."

The design of the following sheets is to supply A MANUAL” for youth, from which they may daily enrich their minds with useful and impor

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