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CONSISTING OF

THE PRIMER, or FIRST READER, Illustrated. THE SECOND READER, TE THIRD READER, THE FOURTH READER, SHE INTERMEDIATE READER, THE FIFTH READER. THE SIXTH READER. The higher books of this New Series were first published in the summer of 1863. Since that time they have been introduced into the Public Schools of Boston, New York, Chicago, Portland, and of many other important places. The lower books, for Primary Schools, consisting of "The Primer, or First Reader," " The Second Reader, and "The Third Reader,” were first published in September, 1864. They are printed with GOOD TYPE, are BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED, and the selection of pieces is VARIED ANI ENTERTAINING.

TESTIMONIALS. * These testimonials for the Grammar School Series were given before the new Primary Readers were published.

From JOHN A. ANDREW, Gov. of Mass. I think the work (the Sixth Reader] has been executed with a single eye to the promotion of general culture, good English style, the introduction of young minds to good writers, and of teaching them, while pupils at school, the greatly neglected art of reading well.

From JOHN G. WHITTIER,
I have no hesitation in commending the series to public patronage.

From JOHN D. PHILBRICK, Superintendent of Public Schools of Boston. From present indications, I feel warranted in saying, that reading in our Grammar Schools will be advanced during the year twenty-five per cent. in eonsequence of the introduction of this series.

From Rev. A. L. STONE, D. D., Pastor of Park Street Church, Boston. The volumes are aglow with wit, humor, eloquence, pathos, and the purest and loftiest sentiments of patriotism, humanity, and religion.

From Rev. R. H, NEALE, D. D., Pastor of First Baptist Church, Boston. They evince thorough scholarship, extensive and accurate information, and a perfect mastery of the subject in hand. From Prof. GEO. HOWLAND, Principal of Public High School, Chicago, I.

I consider Hillard's "Sixth Reader," now in use in my school, by far the best Reader that has been presented to the educational public,

From G. F. PHELPS, Principal of Eaton School, New Haven, Conn. The Introduction, by Prof. Bailey, is the most practical treatise on Elocution I have ever been. It marks a new era in the teaching of reading,

Teachers and School Committees are invited to address the publishers. Favorable terms will be given for introduction. BREWER & TILESTON,

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Being third after BISSEXTILE or LEAP YEAR, and (until July (4) 01st of

American Independence.
FITTED FOR BOSTON, BUT WILL ANSWER FOR ALL THE NEW ENGLAND STATES.
Containing, besides the large number of Astronomical Calculations,
and the Farmer's Calendar for every month in

the year, a great variety of
NEW, USEFUL, AND ENTERTAINING MATTER.

ESTABLISHED IN 1793,

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XOXOXOXO

Go gaze with rapture at the stars, that in the skies are glowing;
Go see the gems of perfect dye, that in the woods are growing;
And more than sage astronomer, and more than learned florist,
Go read the glorious homilies of firmament and forest!

J. G. SAXE.

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BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY BREWER & TILESTON.

Sold by the Booksellers and Traders throughout New England. [Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866, by BREWER & TILESTON, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.) Leone

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ECLIPSES OF THE SUN AND MOON FOR 1867.
THERE will be four Eclipses this year; two of the Sun, and two of the Moon:
I.-AN ANNULAR ECLIPSE or The Sun, March 6th, visible in Europe, Western

Asia, and Northern Africa.
II.-A PARTIAL ECLIPSB OF THE Moox, March 20th, as follows:-

day.
Noon enters penumbra .

20 1 21 A. N. shadow

2 81

Boston Middle of eclipse, .

4 5

Mean Moon leaves shadow.

5

Time. penumbra

6 49 III.- A TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN, August 29th, visible in South America and

the South Atlantic Ocean. IV.-A PARTIAL ECLIPSE OF THE MOON, September 13th, as follows:

day. Moon enter's shadow

13 B 12 Middle of eclipse.

7 42 Boston Moan Mfoon leaves shadow

9

Time. penumbra.

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25 The longitudes of the following places are counted west from Greenwich, while the differences of time refer to Boston. (+) added to, (-) subtracted from, Boston time. Place. N. Lat. W. Lon. Diff.

Place.

* N. Lai. 1 W. Lon. Diff. Augusta, Me. 44° 191 69* 501 + 5 Boston, Mass. . 42° 21' 71° 3 Eastport,

44 54 66 56 +17 Worcester," 42 10 71 48 Bangor, 44 48 68 47 + 9 Springfield,

6 72 36 Portland,

43 40 70 15 - 3 Pittsfield," 42 27 73 16 Brunswick,

43 53 69 55 5 Hartford, Conn.. 41 46 72 41 Concord, N. H.

43 12 71 29 2 New Haven, 41 18 72 55 Dover,

43 13 70 B4 + Newport, R.I.. 41 29 71 18 Montpelier, Vt. 44 17 72 36 6 New York, N.Y.. 40 43 74 0 -12

NAMES AND CHARACTERS OF THE PLANETS,
O @ The Sun.

Mars,
h Saturn.

Vesta, CO DO The Moon. 4 Jupiter

H Uranus.

Juno.
Mercury.

The Earth.
"Neptune.

Pallas, Venus.

Ceres, NAMES AND CHARACTERS OF THE ASPECTS. o Conjunction, or in the same degree, Opposition, or 180 degrees. * Sextile, 60 degrees.

Dragon's Head, or Ascending Node. o Quartile, 90 degrees.

Dragon's Tail, or Descending Node. Trine, 120 degrees.

NAMES AND CHARACTERS OF THE SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC. 1. p Aries, head. 6. 2 Leo, heart.

9. F Sagittarius, thighs. 2. 8 Taurus, neck.

6. IR Virgo, belly.

10. Capricornus, knees. 3. 0 Gemini, arms.

7. Libra, reins. 11. Aquarius, legs. 4. Cancer, breast. 8. m Scorpio, secrets. 12. # Pisces, feet.

CHRONOLOGICAL CYCLES FOR 1867.
Dominical Letter,
F | Lunar Cycle or

Roman Indiction, 10

6 Epact, 25 Golden Number,

Julian Period, 6350 Solar Cycle

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MOVABLE FEASTS AND FASTS FOR 1867. Septuagesima Sunday, Feb. 17 | Good Fridny, April 19 | Holy Thursday, May 30 Shrove Sunday, March 3 Easter Sunday, 21 Whit Sunday,

June 9 Ash Wednesday, 6 Low Sunday,

28 Trinity Sunday, 16 First Sunday in Lent, 10 | Rogation Sunday, May 26 | Advent Sunday, Dec. 1

DEFINITIONS. (Continued from last year.) SEPTUAGESÍMA SUNDAY. -The third Sunday before Lent, so called from its being the seventieth day before Easter.

BHROVE SUNDAY. - The Sunday immediately preceding Ash Wednosday, the first day of Lont.

It was the custom of the Roman Catholics to confess their sins on the Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday, in order to receive the sacrament, and thereby qualify themselves for a more religious observance of Lent. To shrire is to hear, as a priest, at eonfession, to administer confession, and hence shrovetide, the time of confession, and shrove, to revel at confession. In process of time it was turned into a custom of entertainments, wherein flesh and other dainties were left off, and then, by degrees, Shrove Tuesday became a season of merriment and sports, which still, in the Catholic Church, make up the whole business of the carnival.

Ash WEDNESDAY. — The first day of Lent, so called from the ancient custom of sprinkling ashes upon the heads of those, who, on that day especially, were sentenced by the Church to do public penance. - Worcester's Quarto Dictionary.

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COMMENCEMENTS, ANNIVERSARIES, AND VACATIONS OF COLLEGES AND THEOLOGICAL SCHOOLS IN NEW ENGLAND.

HARVARD, AT CAMBRIDGE, MAss. - Com., 3d Thurs. of July. Vaca., 6 w. Com., 3d Wed. July. Acad. year of 40 w. from Com.; 3 w. from Nov, 220; 4 w. ends at Com., and consists of two terms, from March 7th. 20 w, each, separated by 6 and 4 w, vaca. UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT, AT BUR

CAMBRIDGE THEO. SEM., AT CAM LINGTON.-Com., 1st Wed. in Aug. Vac., BRIDGE, MASS. – Vaca., same as Harvard Com. 4 w.; 1st Wed. in Dec. 8 w., and 1 w. College.

from 20 Wed, in May. DANE LAW SCHOOL, AT CAMBRIDGE, MIDDLEBURY, AT MIDDLEBURY, VT. Mass.- Vaca., same as Harvard College. - Com., 2d Wed. in Aug. Vaca., 4 w.;

TUFTS COLLEGE, MEDFORD, MAss.- from last Wed. in Nov., 8 w.; from last Com., 2d Wed. in July. Vaca., 1st, from Tues. in April, 2 w. end of 1st term, 6 w., 2d, from end of 2d DARTMOUTH, AT HANOVER, N. H. 6 w.

Col. year divided as at Harv. Com., last Thurs, but one of July. Vac., Coll.

6 w. from Com.; 6 w. from Nov. 27; 2 w. AMHERST, AT AMHERST, MAŠ8. from May 6. Com., 2d Thurs. July. Vaca., 6 w. from BROWN, AT PROV., R. I. - Com., 1st Thanksgiving; 7 w. from Com.; Recep. Wed. in Sept. 1st recess, Thanksgiving 1 w. from April 6th.

week; 2d do., last w. in April. Vaca., 3d WILLIAMS, AT WILLIAMSTOWN, MAss. Thurs. in Jan. to 2d Friday in Feb. ; 2d - Com., let Wed. in Aug.. Vaca., 5 w. Thurs. in July to Com. after Com.; from 4th Tues. in Nov., 6 w.; BOWDOIN, AT BRUNSWICK, ME.-Com., 3d Tues, in Apr., 2 w.

1st Wed. in Aug. Vaca., at Com., 3 w.; ANDOVER THEO. SEM., AT ANDOVER, from last Wed. in Nov., 8 w.; from 3d Mass. -- Anniv. 1st Thurs. in Aug. Vaca., Wed. in April, 2 w. 6 w., and 6 w. preceding 1st Thurs. in WATERVILLE, AT WATERVILLE, ME. May.

-Com., 2d Wed. in Aug. Vaca., at NEWTON THEO. INST., AT NEWTON, Com., 4 w.; from 2d w. in Dec. 8 w.; Ms. - Anniv., last Wed. in June. Vaca., from 1st Wed. in May, 1 w. 9. w. from anniv., and also 3 w. from last MAINE WESLEYAN SEM., AT READWed. in Jan.

FIELD, ME. --Two terms of 15 weeks each. YALE, AT NEW HAVEN, CONN.-Com., Fall term com. 1st Wed. in Aug. Spring 3d Thurs. in July. Vac., 8 w. fr. Com. ; term com. 1st Wed. in March. 2 w. before 1st Wed. in Jan., and 2 w. be- BANGOR THEO. SEM., AT BANGOR, ME. fore 1st Wed. in May, when the terms com. Anniv., last Wed. in July. Vaca.,

TRINITY, AT HARTFORD, CONN.– from do., 12 w.
Com., Thurs, before July 4th. Vac., 9 w. NORWICH UNIVERSITY, AT NORWICH.
from Com.; 4 w. from Thurs. before Vr. - Com., 1st Thurs. in Aug. Vaca.,
Christmas.

6 weeks; from Dec. 18th, 4 weeks; from WESLEYAN, AT MIDDLETOWN, CONN. | April 18th, 2 wecks.

EXECUTIVE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES (JUNE, 1866). ANDREW JOHNSON, Tenn., Pres., $25,000 | Hugh McCulloch, Pa., Sec. Treas., $8,000 Wm. H. Seward, N.Y., Sec. Ştate, 8,000 Orville H. Browning, Ill., Intc., 8,000 Gideon Welles, Conn., " Navy, 8,000 A. W. Randall, Wis., Post. Gen., 8,000 Edw. M. Stanton, Pa., " War, 8,000 | Henry Stansbury, Ohio, Att'y “ 8,000

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62,

AMERICAN PRESIDENTS.

Age when
Where Born. Date of Birth. Term of Office. term expired. Died.
Geo. Washington, Va.,

Feb. 22, 1732, 1789 to 1797, 66, Dec. 14, 1799.
John Adams, Mass.,
Oct. 19, 1735, 1797 to 1801,

do.,

July 4, 1926. Thomas Jefferson, Va., Apr. 2, 1743, 1801 to 1809,

July 4, 1826. James Madison, Mar. 5, 1751, 1809 to 1817,

June 28, 1836, James Monroe, Apr. 2, 1759, 1817 to 1825,

July 4, 1831, John Q. Adams,

Mass.,
July 11, 1767, 1825 to 1820,

Feb. 23, 1848. Andrew Jackson,

8. C.,
Mar. 15, 1767, 1829 to 1837,

June 8, 1845. Martin Van Buren, N. Y., Dec. 5, 1782, 1837 to 1841,

59,

July 24, 1862 Wm. H. Harrison, Feb. 0, 1772, 1841

69,

Apr, 4, 1841. John Tyler, Mar. 29, 1790, 1841 to 1845,

55,

Jan. 17, 1862. James K. Polk,

N. C.,
Nov. 2, 1795, 1845 to 1849,

June 15, 1849. Zachary Taylor, Va., Nov.24, 1784, 1849 to 1850,

65,

July 9, 1850 Millard Fillmore,

Jan. 7, 1800, 1850 to 1853,
Franklin Pierce,

N. H.,
Nov. 23, 1804, 1853 to-1857,

63, James Buchanan, Penn., Apr.13, 1791, 1857 to 1861,

69, Abraham Lincoln, Ky., Feb. 12, 1809, 1861 to 1865, 56, April 15, 1865. Andrew Johnson, N. C., Dec. 29, 1808, 1865 –

70,

Va.,

54,

N. Y.,

53,

The population of Massachusetts may be very nearly expressed by the first seven

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