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HISTORICAL MIRROR;

O R, A Chearnley
Biographical Miscellany :

FOR THE
INSTRUCTION and ENTERTAINMENT

OF
Y O U T H.

In which are exhibited the most striking
SENTIMENTS AND EXAMPLES

U PON

THOSE, AND ONLY THOSE, BRANCHES OF DUTY,

In which they are more particularly interested.

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RELIGION,

BENEVOLENCE,
FILIAL DUTY,

PATIENCE,
LOVE TO BRETHREN,

VERACITY,
TEMPERANCE,

JUSTICE,
HUMANITY,

INDUSTRY,

AND
MODEST and SUBMISSIVE RESPECT to their ELDERS,

And particularly to their
Teachers, and those who have the Care of their Education,

To which is added, a
TREATISE on POLITENESS and GOOD-BREEDING.

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The Whole improved and enlivened, at profer Intervals, with several
admired Conversation-Pieces, on the important Subjects above-

mentioned, from the Writings of the amiable Xenophon.

DU B L I N:
Printed for W. WHITESTONE, [No. 33] Skinner-Row.

M.DCC.LXXVI.

DODL LIBR. PRE FACE.

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T has often been remarked, that Example is

of greater Force than Precept; because the

former proves what the latter only asserts, and convinces, by satisfactory Evidence, that the Performance of our Daty is both a praćticable Task, and attended with the most" Solid Pleasure and Advantage. But Example is more peculiarly necesary to Youth than to those of a riper Age ; for, as they have not had an Opportunity of making the Trial themselves, they cannot see the Importance of a just Attention to their Duty, any otherwise than by the good or ill Consequences of the Virtues or Vices of other Men, who have travelled through Life before them. Nothing, therefore, can be more useful to young People than a moderate Acquaintance with History; and particularly with such Parts of it as : exhibit the good or ill Success, and describe the Happiness or Misery of those who have been most conSpicuous for their Virtues or Vices; for History, as Lord Boling broke has very justly observed, is Philosopby teaching by Example. Accordingly, many of those who have devoted their

Studies to the Improvement of Youth, have publised Colle&tions of moral Anecdotes and Examples from ancient or modern History. The most noted Performance of this Nature is a copious historical Miscellany in Latin, which is

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