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order to express the various sentiments, presented in the Reading Lessons, in the most elegant and appropriate manner.

That the pupil may clearly understand the subjects, all the classical terms, and such words and phrases as seem to require it, have been explained. Wherever allusion is made to proper names, such biographical or historical account has been given of them, in brief notes, as a thorough knowledge of the subject seemed to demand; and, wherever there is a liability to mistake, the pronunciation of the words has also been given, and, in some cases, their analysis and definitions.

In the preparation of reading-books for the youth of our country, it is of the utmost importance to place before their minds lessons not only of literary accuracy, but also those of a high moral character. In these respects, the present work, it is believed, will be found to contain nothing at least objectionable, even to the most fastidious.

Nearly thirty years ago, the author published his first series of reading-books. Since that time, he has contributed to this department of literature TWENTY-TWO VOLUMES of lessons for reading and speaking. These books have been more extensively used in the schools of this country than any other; and several of the lower numbers have been translated into the dialects of other nations, and are now in use in the schools of foreign countries; an evidence of the appreciation in which they are held by educators abroad, and of their adaptedness to the purposes of juvenile instruction.

That the UNION FIFTH READER may serve to promote the great cause of education, create a lively interest in the reading class, improve the moral and intellectual powers of the youth of our country, and merit that favor which has been shown to the other numbers of the Union Series, has been the aim of the author in its preparation.

NEW YORK, July, 1867.

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