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I humbly submit this work in expectation of benefiting the rising generation, and amusing their vacant time; I have devoted much time in selecting appropriate examples of Zoology and Poetry, by which they may improve their minds, refine their manners, and industriously esteem the works of the Almighty, in pleasing associations of nature, combined with the love of our heavenly Father. That this work may influence young minds, and teach the young ideas morality and virtue, is the sincere wish of the writer; and should one only profit from it I shall be amply repaid my time. That it may benefit, if it cannot improve all my readers, is the fervent prayer of the humble composer. May all who read, run in holiness and happiness until they reach the glory they merit of divine approbation.
Your most devoted well-wisher,