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TREATISE

ON

SELF KNOWLEDGE;

SHOWING

THE NATURE AND BENEFIT OF THAT

IMPORTANT SCIENCE,

AND

THE WAY TO ATTAIN IT :

INTERMIXED WITH

Various Reflections and Observations on Human

Nature.

BY JOHN MASON, A. M.

The proper Study of Mankind is Man.

To which are added,
QUESTIONS ADAPTED TO THE WORK;

FOR

THE USE OF SCHOOLS AND ACADAMIFE

BOSTON:
PRINTED AND SOLD BY JAMES LORING, NO. 2, CORNHILL.

181.9.

biet of Prof. Ropes, S.A.

(1445)

District of Massachusetts, to wrt:

DISTRICT CLERK'S OFFICE.

BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the fourteenth day

of May, A. D. 1819, and in the forty-third year of the InL. S.

dependence of the United States of America. JAMES

LORING, of the said District, has deposited in this ***

Office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:

" Questions adapted to Mason's Self Knowledge. For the use of Schools and Acadennies."

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, " An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the times therein mentioned:" and also to an Act, entitled, An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the Encouragement of Leartång, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the times therein mentoned ; and extending the benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving and Etching Historical, and other Prints."

JNO. W. DAVIS, { of Massachusetts.

Clerk of the District

TO

SAMUEL LESINGHAM, Esq.

TREASURER OF ST. THOMAS'S HOSPITAL.

SIR,

MODESTY and self diffidence are the allowed characteristics of self knowledge If then my presuming to address this piece to you may seem to discover more assurance and self confidence than becomes a true acquaintance with the subject I write upon, I have only this to say-your known condescension and candour have encouraged that presumption : nor can any thing animate an address of this nature more, than an assurance that the person to whom it is made, has so good an understanding in the practical part of this subject as will incline him to excuse the defects that may appear in the management of it.

But after all, sir, my own proficiency in this science is so poor, that I dare not be confident I am not wrong in my views, with which I desire this small tract may appear under your patronage. That it may have refuge from the petulance of censure, an encouragement in the publication, and I, at the same time, in opportunity of testifying my grateful sense of many past favours, are my open and avowed ends herein. But still, whether an ambition to be known to the world under the advantage of your friendship, be not the secret and true motive, I cannot be certain.

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