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my recompence be less, should I crush in the bud any of the hydras last mentioned; the least of which gives existence to as many crimes, as that fictitious serpent is said to have possessed heads.

In my choice of the historical sketches, I have selected such as I thought might in- . terest young minds sufficiently to make them the more readily peruse the annals of their country; as I have generally observed that children, when possessed of what they consider amusing information ; read history the more willingly; and thus in seeking the shadow, amusement, frequently find the reality, knowledge.

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