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FOR THE USE OF
Schools and Private Families.
BY JOHN GUY,
“ Familiar Questions on Familiar Things," " Familiar Lessons on
In compliance with the wishes of some valued Friends, the Author has been induced to compile the Class Book, and, in doing this, he has endeavoured, not only to combine moral instruction with useful information, but to furnish a sufficient variety of styles to assist in forming the voice, and to make the gradations, in the lessons, suitable to the supposed progress of the pupils.
Teachers, who may favour the Author with a trial of the work, will meet with several pieces with which they are familiar, but they must recollect that they will be entirely new to those placed under their care, and, perhaps, he may be permitted to add, that a great part of what has thus been selected, is from the works of eminent authors, and what he considers worthy of being handed down from generation to generation.
The Author hopes that the Class Book, taken as a whole, is not only calculated to inform the head, but also to improve the heart, and should it be found conducive to these ends, one of the leading objects of his labours will be attained.
We cannot be good, as God is good, to all persons everywhere; but we can rejoice that everywhere there is a God to do them good.
All our conduct towards men should be guided by this precept, “Do unto others as you would that others should do unto you.”
To be diligent at his studies, to be respectful to his teacher, to be kind to his schoolfellows, are the duties of a school boy.
To be idle at his books, to be disrespectful to his teacher, to seek occasion to quarrel with his playfellows, are bad signs in a scholar.
I fear to incur the anger of the Almighty; I fear to lose my good character among men; and I fear the stings of my own conscience.
Happiness is confined to no station in life; a poor man may be happy, a rich one may be miserable.
It takes a long time to establish a good character, yet we may lose it in less than a day; a single dishonourable action will undo what it has taken years to accomplish.
Some men, by improvident habits, make to themselves a rugged passage through life, while it might be smooth and comfortable.
I have seen a thoughtless boy toss a piece of orange peel on the foot pavement; this is very, wrong, he