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ECLECTIC

MORAL PHILOSOPHY.

PREPARED FOR

LITERARY INSTITUTIONS AND GENERAL USE.

BY REV. J. R. BOYD, A.M.,

PRINCIPAL OF JEFFERSON COUNTY INSTITUTE, NEW YORK.

AUTHOR OF

"ELEMENTS OF RHETORIC AND LITERARY CRITICISM.

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"Moral conduct is the business of every man; and therefore the knowledge of

it ought to be within the reach of all."-DB. REID.

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HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,
CLIFF STREET, NEW YORK.

1846.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1846,

By HARPER & BROTHERS,

In the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New York.

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129,251 APR 22 1904

PREFACE.

THE work now offered to the public owes its production to the idea that it was needed by instructors in their educational labors; at the same time the wants of the general reader have been duly regarded. It is well known, by those who have some experience in the branch of moral instruction, that there are few works indeed that are suitable to the wants of a large proportion of youth at school. The treatise of Dr.. Paley, while it contains some admirable chapters, abounds in others that are erroneous, defective, and pernicious; so that it cannot be safely studied without an able and discriminating commentator at hand, to point out the existing errors, and to supply defects. Beside, much of the matter contained in it is of little interest or practical practical utility.

It was because he dissented from many of the principles contained in Paley, and was obliged to offer on many points a different course of instruction, that Dr. Wayland, as he informs us, found it convenient to prepare, for the use of his collegiate classes, a system of his own; and this has been regularly advancing in public favor, and has deservedly supplanted, in not a few institutions, the defective and erroneous, though generally popular, work of Paley.

The inquiry will now naturally arise, Why still another text-book is urged upon public notice, acceptance, use, since the work of Dr. Wayland stands

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