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COLLECTION OF THOUGHTS
CIVIL, MORAL, SENTIMENTAL AND RELIGIO S
Selected from the Writings of near one hua-
INTENDED AS A
SENTENTIOUS, INGENIOUS, AND AERTINENT
IN VERSE AND PROSE..
To which Youth may have recourse upon any
Printed for and Sold by OLIVER D. COOKE,
AT a time when the thirst for knowledge is so universal, that it is sought after by all ranks of people; through its most intricate windings, and mazy labyrinths, it is not to be wondered at, that books of science and polite literature are published in such abundance, and that they meet with that reception and encouragement, from a liberal-minded public, which their noble design requires, and which their intrinsic merit demands.
The design of this publication, is not merely to amuse; but rather, ihan engaging, diversified, and pleasing manner; to attract the attention-imperceptibly gain the affections--and draw the soul to a love of virtue, (by delineating her in her most attractive and aliuring dress) from whence arises the spring of all great, noble, and generon's actions -To inculcate a sincere detestation of every species of vice, by an exposition of the malevolent affections of the mind, as well in their softer, as in their more glaring, or aggravated colors.
The above, though not the least, is not the chief intention of this selection. The art of thinking justly, speaking pertinently, and writing with correctness, ease, elegance, and precision upon any subject, has ever been