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Entred according to act of Congress, in the year 1832, by

S. G. GOODRICH, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

Printed by Gihon, Fairchild & Co.,
S. E. Corner of Seventh and Market Streets.

PREFACE.

The following Preface to the Life of Columbus will explain the plan of the series, of which this is the third

volume :

“ There is no kind of reading more attractive than biography, and, if properly treated, there is none more instructive. It appears, therefore, to be peculiarly fitted to the purposes of education; it readily excites the curiosity and awakens the interest of the pupil, and, while it stores his mind with facts, dates and events, displays to his view the workings of the human heart, and makes him better acquainted with himself and mankind.

“ In the selection of subjects for a biographical series of works for youth, the editor has been led, by two consider ations, to prefer those which belong to our own country. In the first place, it is more particularly necessary that our youth should be made acquainted with the lives of those men who were associated with the history of their native land; and, in the second place, no country can afford happier subjects for biography than this. There are few such lives as those of Columbus, Washington, and Franklin, in the annals of any nation.

“ In the preparation of the work, the author has sought to adapt it to youth, by the use of a simple style, and by the introduction of many illustrative tales, sketches, anecdotes and adventures. Questions for examining the pupils are printed in the pages, which may be used, or not, at the choice of the Teacher."

The Life of Columbus and the Life of Washington, on a plan similar to this, have been already published; and other volumes, containing the lives of celebrated Indian Chiefs, celebrated American Statesmen, &c., will appear hereafter, if those already in progress should meet with sucCONTENTS.

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