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270. q. 401.47
M ANY of the following Pieces are taken from a Manuscript Copy, written by a Parent with a view to the future improvement of his Children and as he did not affix the authors' names to them; he cannot now recol. lect from whence many of them were copied. Such, however, as he can call to mind, are acknowledged in the contents. At the time of copying them, there was not the most distant view of their being published; but the holder of the manuscript having been solicited thereto, and a friend having kindly undertaken to revise them, as well as to furnish some Originals, they are now sub. mitted to the public inspection; with a hope that the “ Leisure Hour," which hath been occupied in writing, and which may be occupied in reading, them, will not have been spent in vain.
It is perhaps necessary to say, that those pieces to which the signature B. is affixed, are all original; likewise the two signed J. M. an author the public well knows how to appreciate ; and it is believed, a few. others are also such.