1. Life is not nearly so long, compared with all one wishes to do with it, as it appears to the young to be; and it out to be economized. It is idle to read a book, for more (50) to study it, without a somewhat definite and reasonable expectation of getting [?] from it enough amusement, exercise of mind, useful information, or moral benefit, to recompense one for the time spent upon it. It is, therefore, fair that I should say just what I am prepared to promise that a faithful study of this book will do for the student, and what he ought to be warned that it cannotdo for him.
§2. It will fill a certain gap in his preparation for life.
Accurately to appreciate its importance beforehand, That he should beforehand appreciate what its importance will be, so as neither to underrage it nor overrate it, would be impossible is an impossibility. But by the aid of some reflections, which will be useful in themselves, a tolerable idea of what help the book will be render, may be gained. Every young person needs to learn certain things in order to excel in the special occupation of his or her life. They are of three kinds. First, he has to learn to discriminate certain special things. A person hwo intends to be a butcher, or a banker, or a botanist doctor, must learn to distinguish one kind and quality of meat from another and know the relative