An Essay on Elocution: Designed for the Use of Schools and Private Learners (Classic Reprint)

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But retool-books, more especially, as they fall into the hands of chil dren and youth - of such as peculiarly need lights to guide them, and encouragements to excite them, when defective or erroneous, are more pernicious than any others; for the prove either false guides, which end their readers astray, or no gui es, which leave them in darkness. Hence, such books are worse than no books. What, then, is to be done, in order to avert the evil influence of bad books - an evil which has been ra idl increasing ever since Cadmus had the kindness to in vent letters f this evil cannot be remedied, surely it ma be easily retarded in its progress. Let arents, and guardians, and puglick func tionaries, at once set themse ves at work to elevate the profession of school-keeping to the rank and di ity of the other, less important, learned professions, by increasing the sa aries of instructers, so much as to enlist in this noble calling, none but men of genuine talents and truly liberal acquirements, and, not only will bad books soon hide their diminished heads, but the youth of our country will receive twice as good an edu cation as they now do, at a less arena, because, in afar shorter time.

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