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Entered according to the Act of Congress, January, 1832, by J. K. Porter, in the office of the Clerk of the Southern Distri of New York,

GEORGZ H. EVANS, PRINTER.

· TO THE MEMBERS

CF THE

MERCANTILE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION,

WHO,

AMIDST THE CARES AND BUSINESS

OF ACTIVE LIFE,

OR IN THE DOMESTIC CIRCLE,

ARE ENGAGED IN THE PURSUIT OF THAT KNOWLEDGE

WHICH GIVES EXPANSION TO THOUGHT;

STRENGTH TO THE MIND,.

FIRMNESS TO PURPOSE ;

REFINEMENT TO MORALS;

AND WEIGHT TO CHARACTER ;

THIS VOLUME,

CONTAINING A FEW HINTS, BY WAY OF ADVICE,

UPON AUTHORS AND ERAS OF LITERATURE

AND OTHER RELATIVE MATTERS,

IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED,
BY THEIR SINCERE FRIEND,

THE AUTHOR.

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