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PRINCIPALLY CONSISTING OF

HISTORICAL, GEOGRAPHICAL, AND

BIOGRAPHICAL LESSONS,

ADAPTED

TO THE CAPACITIES OF YOUTH, AND DESIGNED

FOR THEIR IMPROVEMENT.

Intended for the Use of Schools.

BY A. T. LOWE, M. D.
AUTHOR OF THE COLUMBIAN OLASS BOOK.

STEREOTYPED AT THE BOSTON TYPE

AND STEREOTYPE FOUNDRY,
LATE T. H. CARTER & CO.

WORCESTER :

PUBLISHED BY DORR AND HOWLAND.

1831.

HARVARO
UNIVERSITY

LIBRARY

DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT: [L. S.]

DISTRICT CLERK'S OFFICE. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the wenty-first day of September, A. D. 1825, in the fiftieth year of the Independence of the United States of Ameri. ca, A. T. Lowe, M. D. of the said district, has deposited in this office, the uitle of a book, the right whereof be claims as Author, in the words following, to wit :

“ Second Class Book; principally consisting of Historical, Geographical, and Biographical Lessons, adapted to the capacities of youth, and designed for their improvement Intended for the use of Schools: By A. T. Lowe, M. D, author of the Columbian Class Book.

In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled * An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the times therein mentioned ;" and also to an Act entitled " An Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the Encouragement of Learn ing, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies during the times therein mentioned ; and extending the benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving and Etching Historical, and other Prints."

JNO. W. DAVIS, Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.

PREFACE.

THE Second Class Book is designed for the use of Schools, particularly as a reading book for the second or lower classes ; and in the selection of the various extracts of which it is composed, care has been taken that the language and sentiment might be adapted to the understanding and improvement of younger scholars. The design of this volume embraces the plan of the Columbian Class Book, with the exception that the Notes appended to many of the following chapters are less minute than in the former work; as,situde, subdivisions, and comparatively unimpu. . nt boundaries, which might tend to embarras the minds of youth, are omitted. Questions, principally referring to the notes, are added in an appendix, and the Instructer will exercise his discretion of the propriety of their application,

of It has been a principal object with the compiler to select such lessons as are calculated to engage the interest of the scholar, and to exercise the memory in the acquisition of facts, sufficiently simple for his understanding, yet important as a primary step to the higher branches of education. Should these purposes result in any considerable degree from the introduction of this volume as a second class read. ing book, the expectations of the author will be fully realized.

Ashburnham, Mass. 1826.

CONTENTS.

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Cowper, 28

Baron De Kalb,

Weems, 30

Ruins of Balbec,

32

Battle of Bunker Hill,

Cooper, 35

Socrates' Address to his Judges,

Spectator, 40

Simplicity of the Gospel,

Col. Isaac Haynes,

Weems, 44

Sketch of the Kamtschatdales,

Worcester, 46

Authority of Virtuous Age,

Spectator, 47

Anecdotes of the Revolution,

Historical Collections, 48

Sketch of the European Turks,

Worcester, 51

Sect. 1. Their Appearance and Character,

51

-2 Their Religion,

52

-3. Language and Literature,

52

4. Government and Laws,

03

-5. Dress,

-6. Food, &c.

53

-7. Marriages and Funerals,

The Hermit,

Beattie, 57

Biographical Sketch of Major Andre,

Kingston, 08

The Inquisition,

Worcester, 61

Paul's Shipwreck,

Bible, 62

St. Helena,

65

Anecdotes of Serjeant Jasper,

Horry, 67

The Land of the Blest,

Percival, 70

Sketch of

the Modern Greeks,

Worcester, 71

-Sect. 1. Persons,

71

-2. Character,

-3. Address and Amusements,

4. Mode of Travelling,

-5. Funerals,

-6. Religion,

Abyssinian Banquet,

Goldsmith,

The Mysterious Stranger,

Jans Taylor,

Elegy,

Beattie,

The Slave Trade,

Falls of the Androscoggin,

Observer, 88

Sketch of the Inhabitants of China,

Goldsmith, 91

Sect. 1. Persons and Character,

-2. Women,

3. Manners,

4. Marriages,

-5. Funerals,

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