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ENGLISH LETTER-WRITER:

OR,

EPISTOLARY SELECTIONS;

DESIGNED

TO IMPROVE YOUNG PERSONS

IN THE ART OF LETTER-WRITING, AND IN THE
PRINCIPLES OF VIRTUE AND PIETY.

WITH INTRODUCTORY RULES AND OBSERVATIONS ON
EPISTOLARY COMPOSITION; AND BIOGRAPHICAL

NOTICES OF THE WRITERS FROM WHOM

THE LETTERS ARE SELECTED.

"Scarcely any species of composition deserves more to be cultivated than the episto
lary style, since none is of more various or frequent use, through the whole subordination
of human life."........Dr. Johnson.

BY THE AUTHOR OF

"LESSONS FOR YOUNG BERSONS IN HUMBLE LIFE."

PHILADELPHIA :

PUBLISHED BY CALEB RICHARDSON,

No. 2, N. Fourth-street.

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PREFACE.

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JUDICIOUS selection from the letters of eminent writers, may properly find place among the various -publications, designed for the instruction and amusement of young persons. By presenting to their view, some of the best models, both with respect to language and sentiment, which English literature affords, it will render them considerable assistance in acquiring the epistolary art. It will, at the same time, furnish them with a pleasing diversity of reading, and enlarge their experience of the affairs of the world, without endangering their morals, or too much diverting their attention from severer studies; and, under the sanction of highly respectable names, it will inculcate, in a peculiarly striking and influential manner, the most important principles of virtue and piety.

To accomplish these objects, is the design of the present work. The letters of which it is composed, are recommendable by the correctness, and, in many in

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