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PREFACE.

The following small collection of instructions was written for the perusal of youth, and such as might think it worth their notice. It is hoped that it may be of real benefit to those who have not had much experience for themselves, and who, like the bee, delight in gathering sweet from

every flower.

Although there is generally no lack of good advice, and when it is dealt out with freedom, it is apt to become burdensome to some, yet a good. remark will never come amiss to those who continually love the pleasant path of wisdom, and who are seeking to fill their minds with that rich treasure of understanding and knowledge, whereby they may shun many needless sorrows and troubles through this difficult and transient world.

That this little book may do some good, and no hurt, to its readers, and that happiness and prosperity may be their abiding lot, is the sincere wish of the

WRITERS, New LEBANON, N. Y., MAY, 1844.

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