This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1825. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Letters on the elementary principles of education Elizabeth Hamilton INTRODUCTION.--Page 7. LETTER I.--Page 11. Preliminary observations. Influence of early association exemplified in the characters of the Hindoos and Americans. Subject of education divided into two branches, viz. the culture of the heart, and of the understanding. Reasons for treating of the former first.-- Association explained. Necessity of ascertaining the end and object of education. LETTER II.--Page 27. Associations deeply fixed in the mind, either by means of strong impression or frequent repetition. Associations of the former class generally those of aversion. Examples. LETTER m.--Page 34. Examination of the associations which produce passions of the malevolent class. Consequences of early impressions of terror. Nature of timidity investigated. Fear of death, the consequences of early association. LETTER IV.--Page 48. ASSOCIATIONS OF AVERSION CONTINUED. Danger of early inspired antipathies. Prejudice. Its injurious effects upon the mind. Treatment of servants. Illustrations. INTRODUCTION. The degeneracy of mankind in the present period, compared with the preceding, has been a favourite theme of declamation in every age. But declamation has not the force of argument: the former may embellish sophistry, but it is only the latter that can elicit truth. To form a just and true estimate of the degeneracy or improvement of any particular period, requires such an accurate and extensive knowledge of circumstances and events, such elevated and comprehensive views of causes and effects ; that few, even among the wisest of the sons of men, can be supposed equal to the task. Difficult, however, as it may be to ascertain this point to its full ext...
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