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I do want of a system of Rhetoric upon a concise plan, anu unna easy price will, it is presumed, render this little vu.
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over a wide extent, into a small compass, ni. not the merit of originality, has at least, the advantage of being useful. Many, who are terrified at the idea of travelling over a ponderous volume in search of information, will yet set out on a short journey in pursuit of science with alacrity and profit. Those for whom the following Essays are principally intended, will derive peculiar benefit from the brevity, with which they are conveyed. To youth, who are engaged in the rudiments of learning, whose time and attention must be oceupied by a variety of subjects, every branch of science should be rendered as concise as possible.Hence the attention is not fatigued nor the memory overloaded.
That a knowledge of Rhetoric forms a very material part of the education of a polite scholar, must be universally allowed. Any attempt there
fore, however imperfect, to make so useful an art more generally known, has claim to that praise which is the reward of good intention. With this, the Editor will be sufficiently satisfied; since being serviceable to others is the most agreeable method of becoming contented with ourselves.