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You should enquire into the most rational form of government; the form most agreeable to our conceptions of advancing intelligence, Republics, Aristocracies, Autocracies, Monarchies, clearly understand the meaning of these; where they have been tried on the world's platform, have they failed? why have they succeeded? what were the elements of their success?
But government is positive it professes to hold the scales of justice sacredly between man and man; now what should be the true end of punishment? how far can man punish at all? all pains and penalties, what proportions should they bear to offences? death, imprisonment, transportation? how should they be awarded, and what is the right by which government awards?
CONSCIENCE! what are its rights from government? Religion, how should government treat it? Education, how should government treat it? And what are the limits of government? What may we entrust into its hands? How far should government provide for the national taste? for the conservation of Literature and Art, or should it touch these things at all?
All these questions you should be prepared to answer to yourself, on behalf of society. We may hope that these questions will become daily more and more important. And as you are a citizen;
study them, ground yourself in a deliberate and authentic yea or nay upon these questions.
But the more important section of the citizen's education remains to be glanced at now; although but in a word, the noblest life is the private life. There is a fireside; there is a Sabbath, or Ragged School; there is the forsaken and wretched Home. The good citizen diffuses himself over his neighbourhood and his village. He magnetises the atmosphere with a sense of justice; a sense of benevolence or good will; a sense of truth. Round the good Christian Citizens the magnanimities of a life worthier than those of Plutarch's worthies, group themselves, "they act the neighbour or the politician as becometh the Gospel of Christ."
J. S. Pratt, Stokesley, Yorkshire,
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EXTRACT FROM PREFACE,
ADDRESSED TO THE READERS OF THE LIBRARY FOR "" LITTLE FOLKS.
MY DEAR LITTLE FRIENDS,
Little friends we may call you all, though there will, of course, be degrees of comparison-Little, less, and least-amongst the readers of the "Library for Little Folks." Some will have attained the important ages of eleven or twelve, and they must have food for the mind befitting that age; others will have arrived at eight, nine, and ten. But many who are not more than six or seven will, we hope, be learned enough to read some of the books in this "Library," and to suit such, some will be printed in large letters.
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THE LIFE OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS.
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