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THEORY OF EDUCATION,
AN INTRODJCTION TO ARITHMETIC,
WRITTEN IN THIRTEEN PARTS.
TO WHICH ARE ANNEXED,
THIRTY-TWO CARDS OF LESSONS,
TO BE SUSPENDED IN THE SCHOOL-ROOM CONFORMABLY TO THE
THE WHOLE IS CALCULATED FOR THE USE OF FAMILIES DESTITUTE
AMUSEMENT OF PRIVATE GENTLEMEN.
BY JOHN PRESTON.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED FOR THE AUTHOR:
E. E. Hosford...Printers,
HAY 2. 1940
Southern District of New York, ss BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the Vifteenth day of May, in the ****** forty-first year of the Independence of the United States of Amer* L... ica, JOHN PRESTON, of the said Di vict, hath deposited in this
office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as Author, in the words following, to wit : “Every Man his own Teacher; or, Lancaster's Theory of Education,
practically displayed; being an Introduction to Arithmetic, written in thirteen parts. To which are annexed, Thirty-two Cards of Lessons, to be suspended in the School-room, conformably to the Lancaster Plan. The whole is calculated for the use of families destitute of a school, for School-masters, and for the amuse
ment of private Gentleinen. By John PRESTON.” 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 time 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 inentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."
THERON RUDD, Clerk of the Southern District of New-York.
DE WITT CLINTON, ESQUIRE,
GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW-YORK.
HAVING knowledge of your efforts and zeal in promoting the useful Arts and Sciences, and at a time when they are needful for the continuance of prosperity under a free government ; when pretensions to political good, are too often substituted for real patriotism ;-I venture to inscribe to you this work, introductory to the different Systems of Arithmetic, for perusal and approbation.
Hoping at the same time, that your labours, together with the influence of Gentlemen who are friendly to the education of youth, and to the equal rights of man, will be so far blessed, as shall cause the rising generations to know and practise those precepts which will not benefit a few only, but such as will augment the interest, the prosperity, and the happiness of all.
JOHN PRESTON. Albany, July 1, 1817.
Perhaps it will be acknowledged that no one man, either ancient or modern, has afforded to the world more important benefits, than have been bestowed by JOSEPH LANCASTER, with the ai of ne veferable DocToR BELL. By unceasing labour ind experiments, during several years, he has perfected System of Teaching, which surpasses the calculation of the most sagacious reasoner, till an account of its operation is described.
He not only impresses the minds of children, in a sur-1 prising manner, with that true and spiritual religion contained in the New Testament, but he also facilitates the attainment of those arts and sciences proper for common schools; he renders all the tasks delightsome, and expeditiously gives an education to boys and girls on a plan in a tenfold degree cheaper than was ever before discovered.
An almost intimate acquaintance with the genius and disposition of this man, may be obtained by reading a book written by him, and annexed to a “ Sketch of the NewYork Free-School,” printed on a fair type by Messrs. Collins & Perkins--New-York, 1807; also, a Pamphlet containing 66 An Address to the Benefactors and Friends of the Free-School Society of New-York, delivered on the 11th of December, 1809,” by the Honourable De Witt Clinton, Esquire, President of that Society.—The Introduction to a Lancastrian Spelling Book, printed by H. C. Southwick, gives a full detail of Lancaster's mode of education from his own writing above mentioned.