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TIREES DE LA CELEBRE COLLECTION DE

REESHOGAR A RY
L'ABEILLE FRANÇAISE,
LECONS DE LITTÉRATURE

DE MORALE,
MM. NOËL ET DE LA PLACE,
Et destinées à l'usage des Écoles Françaises dans les

États-Unis d'Amérique.
PAR J. B. A. M. DESEZE,
Professeur de Langue Française, à New-York.
SECONDE ÉDITION

Publiée et Amprimée

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PAR JOSEPH DESNOUES, IMPRIMEUR,

NO. 11, NASSAU-ST.

A NEW-YORK.

DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, SS. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the fifth day of January, in the thirty-fifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, M. and W. Ward, of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit:

L'Abeille Française, ou Leçons de Littérature et de Morale, " tirées de la célèbre collection de MM. Noël et De la place, et destinées à l'usage des écoles Françaises dans les Etats-Unis d'Amérique. Par J. B. A. M. Desese, Professeur de Langue Française, à New-York.”

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 learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned, and extending the

benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints.”

CHARLES CLINTON, Clerk of the District of New-York.

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PREFACE.

In a country like this, where the study of the French language is considered one of the most essential parts of polite education, it is my opinion, that a choice collection from the works of the most celebrated writers cannot but be acceptable to an enlightened public. Several collections have already appeared, which, in point of correctness, taste and morality, are far from answering their intended object, but have, notwithstanding, found their way through our French schools, owing, no doubt, to the difficulty of procuring better ones in this country. I must, however, except from this censure Murray's Lecteur Français, a work which does great honour to the taste of this eminent grammarian : yet, one objection, which I have always made against it, is, that the greater part of the pieces it contains are too serious for children, and cannot amuse them. This I have observed more than once, in the course of my tuition, and am not surprised at it. Instruction of any kind, to keep the intention continually alive, must, according to the precept of Horace, be blended with variety and pleasure. It is what I have endeavoured to do in the collection I now offer ; but I claim no other merit than that of patience in selec

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