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there are young persons; at the same time, most of them are of such a nature as to afford both profit and delight to readers of every age.
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THE FAIRCHILD FAMILY.
INTRODUCTION. Mr. and Mrs. FAIRCHILD lived very far from any town; their house stood in the midst of a garden, which in the summer-time was full of fruit and sweet flowers. Mr. Fairchild kept only two servants, Betty and John ; Betty's business was to clean the house, cook the dinner, and milk the cow; and John waited at table, worked in the garden, fed the pig, and took care of the meadow in which the cow grazed.
Mr. and Mrs. Fairchild had three children; Lucy, who was about nine years old when these stories began: Emily who was next in age : and Henry, who was between six and seven. These little children did not go to school: Mrs. Fairchild taught Lucy and Emily, and Mr. Fairchild taught little Henry: Lucy and Emily learned to read, and to do various kinds of noedlework. Lucy had begun to write, and took gre pains with her writing: their mamma also taught them to sing psalms and hymns, and they could sing several very sweetly. Little Henry, too, had a great notion of singing.
Besides working and reading, the little girls could do many useful things: they made their beds, rubbed the chairs and tables in their rooms, fed the fowls; and, vhun John was busy, they laid the cloth for dinner, and .reri ready to fetch any thing which their papa or to anima might want.
Mr. Fairchild taught Henry every thing that was proper for little boys in his station to learn: and when he had finished his lessons in a morning, his papa used to take him very often to work in the garden; for Mr. Fairchild had great pleasure in helping John to keep the garden clean. Henry had a little basket; and he