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this very acquisition strengthens the memory. A person who expects to have a great treasure poured in upon him is not thought unwise to prepare a commodious receptacle for it, and to strengthen it by every means in his power, that he may be able to receive and retain his treasure as it comes to him; and a well-trained memory, filled in early youth, when acquisitions are easily made, with a valuable store of words and facts, will not be found a bad foundation for almost any superstructure which it may be desirable to raise upon it.
Mr. Abbott's work will be found a very valuable aid in the great work of education. It contains a record of the experience of a careful, conscientious, and highly successful teacher of youth. His views are illustrated by real and imaginary examples, showing the effects of his system. The book contains a description of the method of conducting the Mount Vernon-street school, from which much assistance, and many valuable hints on the subject of education may be drawn. Mr. Abbott says
“There is, perhaps, no way by which a writer can more effectually explain his views on the subject of education, than by present. ing a great variety of actual cases, whether real or imaginary, and describing particularly the treatment he would recommend in each. This method of communicating knowledge is very extensively resorted to in the medical profession, where writers detail particular cases, and report the symptoms and the treatment for each suc. ceeding day, so that the reader may almost fancy himself actually a visiter at the sick bed, and the nature and effects of the various prescriptions become fixed in the mind with almost as much distinctness and permanency as actual experience would give."P. 242.
Mr. Abbott's plan of giving, every hour or half hour, a recess in the school from labor, in which speaking and moving about the room for two or three minutes are permitted, is an arrangement which must prove highly useful both to the teacher and pupils, by sparing the former the annoyance of individual applications, and refreshing the latter by changing the positions of the body and the operations of the mind. He describes at length the operation of this rule, and the apparatus by which it was regulated.
The advice in the following quotation is truly admirable:
“Never get out of patience with dullness. Perhaps I ought to say, never get out of patience with any thing. That would perhaps be the wisest rule. But, above all things, remember that dullness and stupidity, and you will certainly find them in every school, are the very last things to get out of patience with. If the Creator has so formed the mind of a boy, that he must go through life slowly and with difficulty, impeded by obstructions which others do not feel, and depressed by discouragements which others never know, his lot is surely hard enough, without having you to add to it the trials and sufferings which sarcasm and reproach from you can heap upon him. Look over your school-room, therefore, and wherever you find one whom you perceive the Creator to have endued with less intellectual power than others, fix your eye upon him with an expression of kindness and sympathy. Such a boy will have suffering enough from the selfish tyranny of his companions he ought
to find in you a protector and friend. One of the greatest pleasures which a teacher's life affords is the interest of seeking out such an one, bowed down with burdens of depression and discouragement, unaccustomed to sympathy and kindness, and expecting nothing for the future but a weary continuation of the cheerless toils which have imbittered the past; and the pleasure of taking off the burden, of surprizing the timid, disheartened sufferer, by kind words and cheering looks, and of seeing in his countenance the expression of ease, and even of happiness, gradually returning." Pp. 98, 99.
The whole tone and spirit of the book is excellent; and it hardly seems possible that any one engaged in the work of education, either publicly or privately, can read it without pleasure and advantage.
Life of Hannah More, with brief Notices of her Works. By Samuel G. Arnold.
“This is a neat 16mo. volume, just published at the Methodist Book-Room, New-York, for Youth's and Sunda; -school libraries. We have perused this little work with peculiar satisfaction, not only because of its emanating from the pen of an esteemed literary friend, but for its intrinsic merits, in presenting, in such a form, all the prominent features in the life and character of one of the most useful women of any age or country. Mr. Arr i deserves the warm thanks of youth, and especially of the yo iles of our land, in thus putting within their reach a por:rali . one of the noblest patterns of female excellence ever given for the benefit of humanity. Every page unfolds new excellences of her character; and although compressed in so small a compass, yet so judiciously is this biography arranged to meet the wants of youth, that we can trace the bright career of the subject of the work in all her various ascents to true greatness with as much perspicuity as in the more ponderous volumes by other authors. It may be read with profit by adults as well as by children.”—Poughkeepsie Casket.
Mammon. By Rev. John Harr “We rejoice that our Book Agents havr cu plied with the request of the Georgia Conference by publishin' } excellent work; a work fitted to do immense good among Christ.ans of every denomination. We advise those preachers who )ora a delicacy in regard to preaching against the sin of covetr 1: s, each to purchase a copy or two of this work, and lend it people, who will find that they never had such preaching
We know a member of our church in this city who obtained six or eight copies of the work, for the purpose of giving away and lending. At present they are all out but one."— Zion's Herald
Life of Rev. Freeborn Garrettson. By Nathan Bangs, D.D. “This is one of our Book-Room publications. It is compiled from the printed and manuscript journals of Garrettson, and from other authentic documents, and is the fourth edition, revised and corrected. We hope our people will make themselves acquainted with this work.”—Zion's Herald.