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Excerpt from Elements of Natural History, in the Animal Kingdom: Chiefly Intended for the Use of Schools and Young PersonsIt has been generally supposed that fame or emolument is the only stimulus to authorship- yet had not motives of a more mixedMoreExcerpt from Elements of Natural History, in the Animal Kingdom: Chiefly Intended for the Use of Schools and Young PersonsIt has been generally supposed that fame or emolument is the only stimulus to authorship- yet had not motives of a more mixed character actuated the present writer, the following pages would never have appeared to solicit the indulgence, or deprecate the severity of criticism.After devoting a considerable number of those years which are most valuable in the life of man to practical education- after ascertaining, by experience, the value of every scheme of improvement, the propriety of which had recommended itself in theory to his understanding- after combining the knowledge of the school with the suggestions of his own mind in the study- after verifying different plans of instruction with all the attention in his power- - he hopes that it will not be deemed presumption in him to hint, that he is sensible of some existing defects in the general modes of education in this country- nor can it be misbecoming his character or situation to assist in removing them.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.