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A Museum for Young Gentlemen and Ladies Or, a Private Tutor for Little Masters and Misses   By:

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A MUSEUM FOR YOUNG GENTLEMEN AND LADIES OR A Private Tutor FOR LITTLE MASTERS AND MISSES. Containing a Variety of useful Subjects ; AND, IN PARTICULAR,

I. Directions for Reading with V. Table of Weights and Elegance and Propriety. Measures.

II. The ancient and present State of VI. The Seven Wonders of Great Britain; with a compendious the World. history of England.

III. An Account of the Solar System. VII. Prospect and Description of the burning Mountains.

IV. Historical and Geographical VIII. Dying Words and Behaviour Description of the several of great Men, when just Countries in the World; with the quitting the Stage of Manners, Customs and Habits of the Life; with many useful People. Particulars, all in a plain familiar way for Youth of both Sexes.

With Letters, Tales and Fables, for amusement and Instruction. ILLUSTRATED WITH CUTS. THE FIFTEENTH EDITION, WITH CONSIDERABLE ADDITIONS AND ALTERATIONS.

London:

Printed for DARTON and HARVEY, Gracechurch street, CROSBY and LETTERMAN, Stationers Court, and E. NEWBERY, St. Paul's Church yard; and B.C. COLLINS, Salisbury.

[Price One Shilling.]

THE INTRODUCTION.

I AM very much concerned when I see young gentlemen of fortune and quality so wholly set upon pleasure and diversions, that they neglect all those improvements in wisdom and knowledge which may make them easy to themselves and useful to the world. The greatest part of our British youth lose their figure, and grow out of fashion, by that time they are five and twenty. As soon as the natural gaiety and amiableness of the young man wears off, they have nothing left to recommend them, but lie by the rest of their lives among the lumber and refuse of the species. It sometimes happens, indeed, that for want of applying themselves in due time to the pursuit of knowledge, they take up a book in their declining years, and grow very hopeful scholars by the time they are threescore. I must therefore earnestly press my readers, who are in the flower of their youth, to labour at those accomplishments which may set off their persons when their bloom is gone, and to lay in timely provisions for manhood and old age. In short, I would advise the youth of fifteen to be dressing up every day the man of fifty, or to consider how to make himself venerable at threescore.

Young men, who are naturally ambitious, would do well to observe how the greatest men of antiquity made it their ambition to excel all their contemporaries in knowledge. Julius C├Žsar and Alexander, the most celebrated instances of human greatness, took a particular care to distinguish themselves by their skill in the arts and sciences. We have still extant several remains of the former, which justify the character given of him by the learned men of his own age. As for the latter, it is a known saying of his, that he was more obliged to Aristotle, who had instructed him, than to Philip, who had given him life and empire. There is a letter of his recorded by Plutarch and Aulus Gellius, which he wrote to Aristotle upon hearing that he had published those lectures he had given him in private. This letter was written in the following words, at a time when he was in the height of his Persian conquest:

ALEXANDER to ARISTOTLE, greeting .

"You have not done well to publish your books of select knowledge; for what is there now, in which I can surpass others, if those things which I have been instructed in are communicated to every body? For my own part, I declare to you, I would rather excel others in knowledge than in power... Continue reading book >>




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