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which they may be supposed to take a particular interest ; or as affording speci. mens of the poetical powers of female votaries of the muses.

Fourthly, it has been his aim to form in his young readers, a delicate and correct taste, conformed to an elevated standard of morals and poetry; and to inspire a decided predilection for what is truly and intrinsically beautiful in art and in nature.

Lastly, he has sought to render the volume, as a whole, a suitable present for a daughter, a sister, or a valued friend, in whose welfare, both here and hereafter, the donor feels a strong interest.

No one, it is presumed, will deny that such a volume was a desideratum. How far the author has succeeded in carrying out these principles, he leaves it to an impartial public to decide.

PHILADELPHIA, June, 1835.

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