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DEDICATION.

To MADAME LOUISE S. W. BELLOC,

AND

MADAMOISELLE ADELAIDE DE MONTGOLFIER,

To you, sisters in affection, and united in your efforts to promote human virtue and improvement, associated with the friend and benefactor of America the good Lafayette, in the important care of selecting a national library for your beloved country, the following pages are respectfully and affectionately inscribed by one, who is proud to have been acknowledged by you as a friend and an associate in the cause of education. For this distinguished honor, as well as the affection manifested by you for my beloved sister, during her residence in France, permit me thus publicly to express my gratitude. May the friendship which in so interesting a manner has been commenced between us be elevated and permanent in its nature, as the objects which have given rise to it are noble and imperishable.

Almira H. Lincoln Phelps.

Mont Cervus, Guilford, Vermont.

PREFACE.

The following Saturday Lectures were delivered to the pupils of Troy Female Seminary, while the Author presided over that Institution, during the visit of the Principal in Europe, in 1830 and 1831. Although in being revised for the press, they have received alterations and additions, they are now offered to the public substantially the same, as to the plan and execution, as they were originally delivered.

This volume, which comprises the first series of a course of Lectures on Female Education, is principally devoted to subjects connected with Intellectual Improvement. It is the author's intention to prepare the remaining series for publication within the ensuing year.

The second series will, in part, be devoted to the consideration of those Affections of the Mind called Emotions, comprehending our Moral and Religious Feelings, the Duties of Woman in domestic life, as a teacher of youth, in society, and towards her Maker.

It was at first designed that the whole series should be comprised in one volume; but the subjects which presented themselves were too numerous and important to be compressed within the small compass at first intended, and there seemed also to be a natural division between the subjects which constituted the whole course.

Although Intellectual Improvement is not in reality to be separated from Moral Cultivation, since both should proceed together, it is more convenient to treat of them separately. Thus we may give the distinct history of

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