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PREFACE.

The design of this little volume is similar to that of “ The Young Man's Book of Elegant Prose,”—viz. to furnish specimens of a large number of the classical writers of the language, characteristic of their pow. ers, and possessing enough of interest in the subjects, and of beauty and correctness in the style, to render them attractive in themselves, and useful as models of fine

writing.

Of course, the selection has been made with strict reference to the sex and intellectual requisitions of the fair readers for whose use it is prepared, and to whose service it is respectfully dedicated.

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