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A HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION OF NORTH-CAROLINA,
SELECTIONS IN PROSE AND VERSE,
XANT OP TEN BY EMIXENT CITIZENS OF THE STATE,
HISTORICAL AND CHRONOLOGICAL TABLES,
VARIETY OF MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION AND
By C. H. WILEY.
“My own green land for ever!
Xllustrated boith Engrabings, and designed for Families and Schools.
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1851, by
C. H. WILEY, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the Eastern
District of Pennsylvania.
STEREOTYPED BY L. JOHNSON AND CO.
Explanations and Definitions of Technical Terms, &c......
Manufactories of North-Carolina......
The peculiar situation of North-Carolina renders necessary peculiar remedies. Hence this, the first number of the NORTH-CAROLINA READER is different, in plan and execution, from modern Readers generally; and is intended exclusively for North-Carolina, to be used in families and in schools.
Its object is to sow in the young minds of North-Carolina the seeds of a true, healthy, and vigorous North-Carolina spirit; and that it may effect its end, it is designed for universal use in the State, to go, with the Bible and the Almanac, into every home. The other numbers of the series will be intended exclusively for schools; and the author promises that his series of school-books shall be, as a whole, cheaper than any other series in the United States, and as complete, while he hopes, though he will not promise, that his system will be as well adapted to the ends in view. He has laid in a library of Readers, all of which will be carefully consulted. The following extract of a letter to the author, from a distinguished and patriotic son of North-Carolina, discloses the plan and indi. cates the necessity of the present work :
“The design of your Reader must, I think, win for it the favourable regard of all true North-Carolinians. Something of the kind has long been needed, to set before our youth an easy and correct standard by which to learn to appreciate the worth of their fatherland to excite in them pride of country, and to embue their minds with the great truth that that country is justly entitled to their best exertions in her behalf.
“We are too much in the babit of looking abroad for objects of admiration; and where they are found, there also will the affections take hold. Providence has been as kind to us as to any other people—His bounties have been scattered in our midst with as much munificence as elsewhere; and they need only that culture necessary to secure their appropriation to man's use, to elevate our good old State to that rank and consequence which her intellectual and physical resources should long since have given her.
“Should it be your happy lot to reform the habit alluded to, and to awaker in our land a proper sense of these truths, all praise and abundant reward will be
WELDON N. EDWARDS.
“July 2a, 1851."