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which contribute so extensively to the improvement of general and literary taste, by bringing the happier efforts of higher minds within the reach of all classes of society.

The volume now offered to the public may also, we trust, prove serviceable to the interests of education. The selection contained in the following pages is such it is hoped, as will exert a favourable influence on the minds of youth, by the predominating intellectual and literary character of the pieces. The sentiments imbibed from the perusal of this compilation will be such as our most eminent writers have inculcated; and the spirit infused by it will be that vivid admiration of nature and of human excellence, which forms a characteristic trait in American writings.

There is a period, too, in education, in which an enlightened instructer will not omit a candid comparison of our native literature with the contemporary productions of English writers,—not for the sake of indulging national prejudice of any kind, but of enlarging the intelligence, and disciplining the taste, of the rising minds, which, in their subsequent advancement, are to influence the literary estimation of their country. As a reading book for the higher classes in seminaries for both sexes, the Common-place Book will be found, it is thought, well adapted to a department of education in which it is difficult to find a volume of suitable character, and especially when that excellent volume the First Class Book, or any similar work, has been used in the previous stages of instruction. Boston 1828.




Goodness of the Deity displayed in the Beauty of Creation. Dwight. 9

Night Season favourable to Contemplation and Study. Dennie. 10

Colloquial Powers of Dr. Franklin.

Wirt. 12

An Apparition.

Club-Room. 14

Rural'Occupations favourable to the Sentiments of Devotion.

Buckminster. 19

Reciprocal Influence of Morals and Literature.

Frisbie. 21

Evening Scenes on the St. Lawrence.

Silliman. 23

Franklin's first Entrance into Philadelphia.

Franklin. 23

Passage of the Potomac through the Blue Ridge.

Jefferson. 23

Moral and intellectual Efficacy of the Sacred Scriptures. Wayland. 26

Character of Washington.

Ames. 29

Labours of periodical Composition.

Idle Man. 33

Industry necessary to the Attainment of Eloquence.

Ware. 34

Ingratitude towards the Deity.

Appleton. 36

Resistance to Oppression.

J. Quincy, Jun. 37

Lafayette in the French Revolution,

Ticknor. 38

Poeta nascitur, Orator fit.

Monthly Anthology. 42

Intellectual Qualities of Milton.

Channing. 43

National Recollections the Foundation of national Character.

E. Everett. 44

Extract from the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Irving. 46

Reflections on the Settlement of New England.

Webster. 51

Forest Scenery.

Paulding. 53

Influence of Christianity in elevating the female character.

J. G. Carter. 55

Necessity of a pure national Morality.

Beecher. 57

Value of religious Faith.

Buckminster. 59

Death of General Washington.

Marshall. 64

The Lessons of Death.

Norton, 66

Character of Chief Justice Marshall.

Wirt. 68

Moral Sublimity illustrated.

Wayland. 71

Eloquent Speech of Logan, Chief of the Mingoes. Jefferson. 74

Fox, Burke, and Pitt.

A. H. Everett. 75

Surprise and Destruction of the Pequod Indians. Miss Sedgwick. 81

Character of Fisher Ames.

Kirkland. 88

Reflections on the Death of Adams and Jefferson.

Sergeant. 91


Dennie. 97

Escape of Harvey Birch and Captain Wharton.

Cooper. 99

Scenery in the Notch of the White Mountains.

Dwight. 107

Exalted Character of Poetry.

Channing. 111

Eloquent Appeal in Favour of the Greeks. North Ainerican Review. 115

Death of J. Quincy, Jun.

J. Quincy. 123

Danger of Delay in Religion.

Buckminster. 124

Scenes in Philadelphia during the Prevalence of the Yellow Fe-

ver, in 1793.

C. B. Brown. 123

Big Elk Mahe Chief. 179

Speech of Ho-na-yu-uus, or Farmer's Brother.


Abdication of Napoleon, and Retirement of Lafayette. Ticknor. 181

Extract from “ Ilyperion.”

J. Quincy, Jun. 185

The Sabbath in New England.

Miss Sedgwick, 190

Description of the Capture of a Whale.

Cooper. 192

Lake George.

Club-Rooin. 197

Ilypochondriasis and its Remedies.

Rush, 205

Climate and Scenery of New England.

Tudor. 209

First and second Death.

Greenwood. 215

Posthumous Influence of the Wise and Good.

Norton. 217

Ditliculiies encountered by the Federal Conveation.

Madison. 218

Reflections on the Lattle of Lexington.

E. Everett. 221

Purpose of the Monument ou Bunker Hill.

Webster. 223

Albums and the Alps.

Buckminster. 224

Interview with Robert Southey.

Griscom, 220


Irving. 28

Declaration of American Independence.

Jeffersoil. 230

Mementos of the Instability of human Existence.

Fitch. 234

Description of the Preaching of Whitfield.

Miss Francis. 238

Anecdote of Dr. Chauncy:

Tuilor. 200

Effects of a Dissolution of the Federal Union.

Hamilton, 212

Sports on New Year's Day.

Paulding. 215

Conclusion of “ Observations on the Boston Port Bill."

J. Quincy, Jun. 213

Necessity of Union between the States.

Jay. 253

Character of Tamilton.

4.nes. 2.30

Morality of Poetry.

G. Bancroft 253

The Cersequences of Atheism.

Channing. 29

The blind Preacher.

Wirt. 2.33

The humble Man and the proud.

Thacher. 200

The Son.-From “The Idle Man.'

R. Danc. 263

Negicct of foreign Literature in America.

American Quarterly Revin. 277

Death a sublime and universal Mcralist.

Sparks. 213

Battle of Bunker lli!l.

Cooper. 233

Autumn and Spring.

Pauilding. 296

The Storm-Ship.

Irung. 205

Anecdote of James Otis,

J. fidums. 304

Interesting Passage in the Life of James Otis.

Tudor, 31

Close of the Lives of Adams and Jefferson.

Webster. 310

Morals of Chess.

Franklin. 312

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The Hospital in Philadelphia during the Pestilence. C. B. Brown 2:3

Shipwreck of the Ariel.

Cooper 319

Destruction of a Family of the Pilgrims by the Savages.

Miss Sedgrick. 9

The Emigrant's Abode in Ohio.

Flint. 23:30

Melancholy Decay of the Indians.

Cass. 337

Object and Success of the Missionary Enterprise. Wayland. 39

Mont Blanc in the Gleam of Sunset.

Griscom. 313

Contrast in the Characters of Cicero and Atticus. Buckminster. 315

Scenery in the Highlands on the River Hudson.

Irring. 315

Eternity of God.

Greenu vod. :359

Philosophy and Morality of Tacitus.

Frisbie. 355

The Village Grave-Yarů.

Greenwood. 359

Influence of the Ilabit of Gaming on the Mind and leart. Nott. 363

The Preservation of the Church.

Mason. 367

Modern Facilities for evangelizing the World.

Beccher. 308

Speech of the Chief Sa-gu-yu-what-hah, called by the white People

Red Jackct.


Extract from a Speech on the British Treaty.

Ames. 373

Appeal in Favour of the Union.

Madison. 378

Grand electrical Experiment of Dr. Franklin.

Stubcr, 380

Extrication of a Frigate from the Shoals.

Cooper. 383

Lafayette's first Visit to America.

Ticknor. 393

Gofre the Regicide.

Dwight. 396

General Washington resigning the Command of the Army.

Ramsay. 397

Alexander Wilson.

North American Revievo. 403

Female Education and Learning.

Story. 407

Poetical Character of Gray.

Buckminster. 409

Republics of Greece and Italy.

Hamilton, 414

Professional Character of William Pinkney.

H. Wheator. 415

External Appearance of Engiand.

A. H. Everctt. 417

Features of American Scenery.

Tudor. 421

Literary Character of Jefferson and Adams.

Webstcr. 422

Eloqucnce and Humour of Patrick Henry.

Wirt. 424

Valley of the Commanches.

Francis Berrian 425

Pleasures of the Man of a refined Imagination.

Idle Man. 427

Scene at Niagara.

Miss Sedgwick. 429

Precession of Nuns in a Catholic Hospital.

Miss Francis. 430

Grandeur of astronomical Discoveries.

Wirt. 434

Scenes on the Prairies. !

Anonymous, .136

Eulogy on William Penn.

Du Ponceau. 459

Morbi Effects of Envy, Malice, and Hatred.

Rush. 440

Appearance of tlie first Settlements of the Pilgrims. Miss Scdgwick, 412

Description of a Ilerd of Bisons.

Cooper. 444

The Character of Jesus.

Thacher. 448

Recollections of J. Quincy, Jun.

J. Quincy. 450

The true Pride of Ancestry.

Webster. 451

A Slide in the White Mountains.

Mrs. Hale. 453

The Twins.

Token. 454

The lone Indian.

Miss Francis. 457

A Scone in the Catskill Mountains.

G. Millen. 459

The St. Lawrence.

N. P. Willis. 460

I have seen an End of all Perfection.

Mrs. Sigourney. 461


Dennic. 401

Description of King's College Chapel.

Sillimair. 467



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29, 256, 375

Anthology, Monthly.


Bancroft, G.

Big Elk Maha Chief.

Brown, C. B.

128, 316

19, 59, 124, 172, 224, 345, 409
Carter, J. G



43, 111, 262

• 14, 197
Cooper. 99, 192, 283, 319, 383, 444
Dana, R.


. 10, 97, 464
Du Ponceau.


9, 107,396
Emerson, G. B.

Everett, A. H.

75, 417

44, 221
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Francis Berrian.

Francis, Miss. 141, 238, 430, 457

23, 312

21, 355
Greenwood. 141, 215, 350, 359

226, 343
Hale, Mrs.


242, 414
Hopkinson, F.



53, 245, 296
Quincy, J., Jun. 37, 185, 249
Quincy, J.

123, 450

Red Jacket, (an Indian Chief.) 370
Review, American Quarterly. 277

North American. 115, 403

205, 440
Sedgwick, Miss.

81, 190, 329, 429, 442

Sigourney, Mrs.

145, 461

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12, 68 150, 263 124, 434

Idle Man.

33, 427
46, 153, 228, 298, 346

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