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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1831, by
HILLIARD, GRAY, & Co.
The first edition of the following little book was published in 1825. The author of it is not aware, that, at that time, any work on the subject had been prepared on the plan which he adopted. He does not, however, claim the merit of originality. He recollects to have read, in one of the periodicals of the day (the United States Literary Gazette), some judicious remarks on the subject, written, as he has since learned, by Mr. CARTER, of Lancaster, the author of several excellent works on geography, which, it is probable, first called his attention to the defects in the common methods of treating this subject.
Having, at that time, several young children under his care, who were about to commence the study of geography, he at once set himself to prepare a series of questions and answers, on what he conceived to be an improved plan. Instead of requiring the pupil to commit to memory a table of definitions at the very outset, the definition, in each instance, was made