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TUBLIC LIBRARY

973221
ASTUR, LENOX AND

TILDES KOUNICATION
Northern District of New Yorku,ss.

REIT REMEMBERBD, That on the tenth day of brorson D March, in the forty third year of the Indepen. SEAL. is iš dence of the United States of America, A. D. 1819,

Jesse TORREY, JUN. of the said District, hath deroro isited in his office the title of a book, the right

whereof he claims as author and proprietor, in the words and figures following, lo wit:

" The Moral Instructor, and Guide to Virtue and Happiness : in five Parts. Part 1. Essays on the general diffu ion of knowledge and Moral Improvement Part II. Lives and Moral Precepts of the most eminent ancient Philosophers of China, Greece, and Rome.Part III. A Systein of Morality, founded on the Law of Naiure, Part IV, Summary of Moral Principles, from the works of eminent German and English Philoscphers. Pari V. Miscelangous articles, concerning (rroneous National, Moral and Poliiical customs ; on the prospect of meliorating ihe condition of the human race, by universal Education, &c. With an Appendix, containing a constituiion, and form of subscriprion for he institusion of free public Libraries, &c.-Designed to be a wlcome guest in domestic circles and seminaries c.f Education. By Jesse Turrey, Jun Physician. Vice shrinks from Insiruction like Ghosi from ih: light.'"

In conformiiy to the act of the Congress of the Unicd States, eniiked · An act for the encourageinent of learning by securir.g the copies of Mops, Charis and Back3 ló the authors 2.d proprietors of such copies during the limes therein mentioned" sind also 10 the aci entitled “ An act supplementary to an vct anikd“ An act for the encouragemen: of learning by securing 'hi copies of maps, charts and books in the anhirs and proprietors if : 0.1 copies curiogine times therein m'ntioned and exeliding the benefis bereof toile ar s of designing, eagraving and eching historical and oiher prints."

RICHD R LANSING, Cierk of the lurthern L'istrict of Me York,

INTRODUCTION.

THE author's object, in writing and compiling

1 this Publication, is not to entertain frivolous curiosity, nor to gratify classic taste, but to disseminate useful instruction a?ongst all classes of Society.

He has long cherished a decided confidence, that if the community would appropriate as much wealth to the instruction of the rising generation, as is now devoted to the punishment of crimes and vice, the desired object would be attained, and human misery averted, to a much greater extent.

But a small proportion of the people, have the means to purchase, or leisure to study voluminous systems of Moral Philosophy. On the other hand, dogmatical sententious precepts, unsupported by demonstration, are not generally convincing, nor adapted to human temper.-Whenever men shall agree to make moral rectitude their inflexible rule of action, each individual must be persuaded in his own mind, independently of the dictatorial precepts of one another, that his welfare and happiness will be thereby promote..

The author has been, for sixteen vears, impres. sed with the utility of such a work as the one now offered ; and has accordingly improved every means in his power, by reading, observation, and reflection, for accumulating materials.

The candid reader, who meets with several articles in this work, with which he has already been familiarised, will not be displeased, when he re... flects, that nearly all the youth, and a large propor.

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