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From W. A. Duer, LL.D., President of Columbia College, New-York.

At the request of Mr. J. Orville Taylor, I have examined his work entitled “The District School,” and am of opinion that, both from its design and execution, it well deserves the patronage of the public, and the special notice and perusal of those engaged or interested in promoting general education.

W. A. DUER Columbia College, New-York, Sept. 28th, 1834.}

From Charles King, Esq., Editor of The New-York American."

Having read the sheets of the above work, I concur fully in what is said of it by President Duer.


From the Right Reverend Bishop Onderdonk, of the Protestant Episcopal

Church in the State of New-York.

Mr. Taylor has done me the favour of putting into my hands a copy of his “ District School.” It being, however, at a period of more than ordinary pressure of official duty, I have been able to give it only a hasty and partial perusal. But I have been enabled to get such an insight into the nature and plan of the work as to satisfy me of its great value, and the probability of its being extensively useful to the important cause of general education. I therefore cheerfully concur in the above recommendations.


From Eliphalet Nott, D.D. LL.D., President of Union College,


I know of no work so much wanted as the one Mr. Taylor has now furnished; and from its design I think it admirably fitted to improve elementary education.


From J. M. Mathews, D.D., Chancellor of the New-York University.

Mr. Taylor's work on District Schools contains much that should be read and pondered by parents and teachers. It is written in a clear, vigorous style, is well arranged, and may be considered a valuable acquisition to the cause of elementary education.


From William L. Stone, Esq., Editor of the Commercial Advertiser."

After an examination of the “District School,” I fully and cheerfully concur in the commendations bestowed above.


From Nathan Bangs, D.D., Editor of the Christian Advocate," fc.

I have looked over Mr. Taylor's book on the importance of a well-digested system of elementary education. I am much pleased with his general plan, and the observations on the specific duties, qualifications, and responsibilities of parents, teachers, and all who have the care of children and youth. I cannot, therefore, but hope, that his book may have an extensive circulation and be attentively read by all classes of our fellow-citizens, and more especially that his good design and plan of instruction may be particularly exemplified in every section of our growing republic.

N. BANGS. New-York, Sept. 26th, 1834.



From Reverend William Parkinson, A.M., Pastor of the First Baptist

Church, New-York.

Having long regretted the evident defects in the usual management of our common schools, I have been highly gratified in looking over, though but hastily, the sheets of a book now in the press, entitled “ District School,” by J. Orville Taylor. In this book, the defects alluded to, with their causes and consequences, are justly brought to view, and the requisite changes, with their practicability and advantages, are explicitly stated and happily illustrated. So far, therefore, as I have had opportunity to examine Mr. Taylor's “ District School,” I cheerfully recommend it to the general reading and patronage of the American public, as a well-written work; and especially, to the careful attention of all parents, and of all teachers and trustees of schools, as, to them, peculiarly interesting and needful.

WILLIAM PARKINSON. New-York, Oct. 2d, 1834.

From William M. Price, Esq., U. S. District Attorney.

Mr. Taylor's “ District School” is a book well adapted to the promotion of the desirable object which the writer has in view. I bave great pleasure in commending this work to public patronage.

WILLIAM M. PRICE. New-York, October 8th, 1834.

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“ The virtue of mankind, and the knowledge which invigorates
that and renders it more surely useful, are the greatest
objects which benevolence can have in view."

Dr. Brown,




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