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REFLECTIONS ON THE PROGRESS of THE ARTs, AND THEIR
BY ALONZO POTTER, D. D.
PRofessor of MoRAL PHILosophy AND RHEToRic IN UNIon collegs,
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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1840, by MAR's H, CAPEN, LYon, AND WEBB, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
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THIs Wolume is submitted to the public with diffidence. The subject is foreign from the usual course of the Author's studies, and was at first undertaken for the lecture room, rather than for the press. Large portions of it have been delivered in the form of lectures before young men, in Lyceums, and Mechanics’ Institutes, and also before the students of the College with which the Author is connected.
Some of the Chapters in the Third Part, especially those on Cloth-manufacture, Metallurgy, and Glass-making, are little more than compilations; and the Author regrets, that, several years having elapsed since they were first drawn up, he is unable to give proper authority for all his statements, or to refer, in every case, to the source from which he drew his materials, and, he doubts not, in some instances, his language. He would, however, instance Dr. Bigelow’s “Elements of Technology,” Babbage on the ‘Economy,” and Ure on the ‘Philosophy, of Manufactures,’ Ure's “Dictionary of the Arts,’ and McCulloch's ‘Statistics of the British Empire,’ as works to which he has been greatly indebted, especially in a recent revision. The Work will be found to contain some notice of most of the late improvements in such Arts as are discussed.
* Since the manuscript of the present Work has been in the possession of the Publishers, they have issued a new edition of the work of Dr. Bigelow, above referred to, revised, amended, and improved, by the author, and now entitled, “The Useful Arts, consid
ered in connexion with the Applications of Science.' . It forms volumes xi, and xii. of “THE School LIBRARY.”—Publishers.