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BY HUGH BLAIR, D. D.
ONE OF THE MINISTERS OF THE HIGH CHURCH, AND PROFESSOR OF
WITH APPROPRIATE QUESTIONS TO EACH CHAPTER,
BY A TEACHER OF PHILADELPHIA.
Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1854, by HAYES & ZELL, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
STEREOTYPED BY JAMES CONNER, NEW-YORK.
THE want of a system of rhetoric, upon a concise plan, and at an easy price, will, it is presumed, render this little volume acceptable to the public. To collect knowledge, which is scattered over a wide extent, into a small compass, if it has not the merit of originality, has at least the advantage of being useful. Many, who are terrified at the idea of travelling over a ponderous volume in search of information, will yet set out on a short journey in pursuit of science with alacrity and profit. Those for whom the following essays are principally intended, will derive peculiar benefit from the brevity with which they are conveyed. To youth, who are engaged in the rudiments of learning; whose time and attention must be occupied by a variety of subjects; every branch of science should be rendered as concise as possible. Hence the attention is not fatigued, nor the memory overloaded.