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THE

IMPROVEMENT

OF THE

M IN D.

PART FIRST.

CONTAINING A VARIETY OF

REMARKS AND RULES,

FOR THE

ATTAINMENT AND COMMUNICATION OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE, IN RELIGION, IN THE

SCIENCES, AND IN COMMON LIFE.

Berwick:

PRINTED FOR THE BOOKSELLEKS,

By W. & 4, RICHARDSON.

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THE

PREFACE.

N the last page of the Treatise of Logic which I pube

lished many years ago, it is observed, that there are several other things which might assist the cultivaltion of the mind, and its improvement in knowledge, which are not usually represented among the principles or precepts of that art or science. These are the subjects which compose this book; these are the sentiments and rules, many of which I had then in view, and which I now venture into public light,

The present treatise, if it may assume the honour of that name, is made

up of a variety of remarks and dia rections for the improvement of the mind in useful knowledge. It was collected from the observations which I had made on my own ftudies, and on the tema per and sentiments, the humour and conduct of other men in their pursuit of learning, or in the affairs of life; and it has been considerably allfed by occasional collections in the course of my reading, from many authors and on different subjects. I confess, far the greatest part, I fand bound te answer for the weaknefses or defects that will be found in these papers, not being able to point to other writers, whence the twentieth part of them is derived.

The work was composed at different times, and by dow degrees. Now and then, indeed it spread itself isto branches and leaves like a plant in April and advan

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