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BY T. BABINGTON, ESQ.
MEMBER OF THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT.
Third American from the third London Edition.
TO WHICH ARE ADDED
TRANSLATIONS OF THE LATIN SENTENCES,
PUBLISHED BY CUMMINGS AND HILLIARD,
District Clerk's Office.
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twentieth day of April, A. D. 1818, and in the forty second year of the Independence of the United States of America, Cummings & Hilliard of the said District have deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, viz.
"A Practical View of Christian Education in its earliest stages. By T. Babing ton, Esq. Member of the British Parliament. First American from the third London Edition; to which are added, Translations of the Latin sentences and notes."
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, "An Act for the encouragement of learning by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned;" and also to an Act, entitled, "An act supplementary to an Act, entitled, an Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned; and extending the benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving and Etching Historical and other Prints."
JNO. W. DAVIS,
Clerk of the Distriot of Massachusetts.
THE following work, though it has hitherto appeared without the author's name, is well known to be the production of a Member of the British Parliament, who, to the speculations of a correct mind, appears to have added the rcsult of sound experience. Having been successful in the education and government of a numerous family of children, till they became heads of families themselves, at their request, and for their benefit especially, he prepared this View of Christian Education. The work, after coming under the public eye, met with so favourable a reception, that within a short period it passed through three editions. The writer of this article, having access to a copy of it through the kindness of a friend, has carefully perused it, and is free to say, that, with merited reproof, he has also experienced instruction and delight. He views the noble. author as laying for the foundation of his super
structure those excellent principles, which will bear the test of that awfully interesting day, when every man's work must be tried by the fire of eternal truth. Upon this foundation he appears to have built wisely and discreetly; and his rules, though somewhat general, yet if as faithfully reduced to practice, as they are valuable in their tendency, it is believed, would greatly ameliorate the condition of many a family. It will be perceived by the attentive reader, that the author is a member of the Episcopal Church; but the unprejudiced mind will always be delighted with the pure waters of truth, whether derived from an artificial fountain or from a natural spring. A leading excellency of the following work is, that all along it appears to have the future, eternal well-being of the child in view, in its education, no less than in its temporal usefulness and happiness. To the attainment of these ends we are guided by instructions, which accord with the true spirit of the holy Scriptures.
What is said upon the subject of rewards and punishments, is worthy to be repeatedly
read, and with close attention. Some, perhaps, will object to what is said upon the subject of emulation. The word, emulation, has been so much used to signify a virtuous principle, or at least a principle generally esteemed virtuous, that many may be startled to hear the author dissuade parents from encouraging it in their children. But even what he says upon this principle, if carefully examined, will be found to be very just. By emulation he means that selfish principle, by which we are stimulated to excel others for the name of excelling; and not that principle, through which we are animated by the example of others to do as well as possible, that we may be the more useful. Under the influence of the former principle, if we surpass our competitors, we triumph at their expense; and if we are surpassed, we envy them; such a principle ought to be discouraged. Under the influence of the latter, though animated to do our best, we shall even rejoice, if others do better.
Though the writer of this is by no means pleased with the practice of taking great liber