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In treating of the iron manufacture, — a rather hard subject, it would seem,
— we are told tliat, every " working day, fifty millions of nails are made,
bought, sold, and used in tlie United States ; " and, in speaking of tte man-
ufacture of cotton, we are informed that the Merrimack mills of Lowell
alone '' spin a thread of suliicient length to belt the world, at the equator,
in two hours."

'J'he work was doubtless intended for the young ; and wo think it quite
equal, for this object, to any thing that has been produced ; yet it is also
suited to the perusal of all classes, especially to men of business, who find
little leisure for reading, and who yet are unwilling to be left behind in
tlie great inarch of knowledge and iiiipriivemen*.. jis there is nowa strong de-
sire, especially among the enlightened frienUs uf education in this state, to have
the common schools supplied with suitable bonus for libraries, we heartily corn-
mend this series to the notice of all who are desirous of obtaining books for
this object. They are unquestionably among the best that have been prepared
fur school libraries, being every way attractive and instructive.

No one can fail to be pleased with the simplicity and elegance of the
style, and with therein of cheerfulness, humanity, and morality, which
runs through the pages of the volumes. The moral intluence of the work,
especi;illy upon the young, cannot fail to be in the highest degree effec'.ive
and salutary.

From the Troy IVhig, July 20.

They are written in an easy and graceful style, and are compiled from
the most authentic sources. They will he found highly attractive to youtig
people of both sexes, and worthy to be read by persons of mature age.

From the .Albany .Advertiser.
It would be difficult to find any where, in such convenient compass,
so much healthy and palatable food for the youthful mind as is furnisheJ
by Parley's Cabinet Library.

From the jilbany .Irgus.
We know of no series of volumes on kindred subjects so good as these
for parents to put into the hands of their children. It is due not only to
the author, who has rendered great service to the cause of American lit-
erature, but to the Work itself, and to the best interests of the youtli of out
nation, that these volumes siiould be scattered all over the land.
From the JVew England Puritan.
We cordially recommend the work to the perusal of all.

From the Boston Post, May 6.
The very best work of its class is Parley's (Cabinet Library. It combines
a vast deal of useful inlormalion, conveyed in an exceedingly interesting
style. The beauty of the typographical execution, the cheapness of the
volumes, and the great intrinsic merit of their contents, must render tha
work one of general |)opularity

F\ om the Boston Courier, May 18.
As we have quoted so largely from Mr. Goodrich's work, we ought to
nay — what it nclily ineriio — tiiat it is a pleasing and useful Keried, an<i


that iC is cnlculnted nut only to in^^t^uct and nitiuse, liul tu ciiltivnie viitii-
0U3 and patriotic sentiments. With tl.(»e wlio read fur mere amusement,
it 13 worthy of uttt'nti<jn, foe the author iias ingeniously coiitrivoU tu give
trutb all tlie charms of tiction.

From the Mbany Advertiser,

It ought to be, and no doubt will be, extensively introduced into schools
Friim the Hay State Demucrat, July 8.

The volumes are illustrated with spirited wood en^'iavinsrs, and printeiZ
in Dickinson's neatest style. Altogether, they present decidedly tiie ninsl
attractive appearance as to matter and form, of any works we have seen foi
a long time.

From the Quincy Jlurora.

Parley's Cabinet Library is a publication of rare excellence. No writer
of the jtresent day invests the themes of which he treats wi:h livelier inter-
est thai, the well-known I'etnr Parley. His pen imparts to liistory and bio:;-
rapliy the charm of romance ; while, at the same time, it unfolds rich and
enduring treasures of practical and useful knowledge.

The animal, the mineral, and vegetable kingdoms of nature present,
beneath his pencil, the attractions of a grand museum. The publication
of his Cabinet Library will accomplish much, in our opinion, to eradicate
the eagerness for fiction which engrosses so extensively tlie public mind
The perusal of these volumes will convince the reader that reality lias
charms as potent, and far more satisfying than tliose of the ideal worU
We know of no work, comprehended within equal limits, capable of aft'ord-
iiig richer intellectual banqueting.

From the Boston Traveller.
We deem it but a discharge of our duty to our readers, to urge this val-
uable series upon their attention. The whole series will cost but a tritle,
yet they may and doubtless will he the deciding means of insuring suc-
cess in life to many a youth who shall enjoy the means of reading them.

From the Bonton Recorder.
They are written in a pleasing style, and are enlivened by numerous
characteristic anecdotes. The series will form a very valuable library.

From the Boston Post, May 27.

It is an admirable publication for the family and school library. Its tep-
ics are interesting and important, and presented in a simole but elfective

From the Boston Atlas, July 8.

Parleys Cabinet Library is worthy of all encouragement. It is cheap
not only in promise, but in fact. It is also calculated to exercise a wliule-
Bome influence. Like every thing from the same author, it strongly iii-
tulcates virtue and religion, and at the same time it arrays truth in a guise
»o comely and attractive, that it is likely to win many votaries of fiction
to companionsliip with it. There is great need of such works at tiiis time

BoAHD OF Educatio?;, /
City of Rochester, Sept. 2, Jti4-J. j

Whereas, the Board of Education have examined a series of books
called " Parley's Cabinet Library," now in course of publication by Samuel
G. Goodrich, Esq., (the celebrated Peter Parley,) embracing, in the course
of twenty volumes, the various sulijects of history, biography, geography,
tlie manners and customs of different nations, the condition of tlie arts,
sciences, &c. ; and whereas, this Board are satisfied that the same are high-
ly useful to the young: therefore,

Resolved, that we recommen<l that the same be procured by trustees for
the school libraries, at the earliest practicable pe-io<l. A true copy
of the minutes, ' F. J\1ack, Sup'L



For Schools and Families,

This work consists of Twenty Volumes, and contains
[{lyjivc hundred different subjects, and is illustrated by fivi
hundred Engravings.

dj' It is an entirely original series, recently written and
completed by S. G. Goodrich, the aut/^or of Peter Parley's

[tj' This is the only library that has been expressly written
Jor a School and Family Library. It is adopted into many of
the libraries of the leading scliools and seminaries in New
England and New York, and lias been introduced, in the
space of a few months, into more than three thousand fami-
lies, in Boston, New York, and Philadelpliia.

The following is a list of the Volumes, each containing
about 320 pages, 16mo. : —


Vol. 1.^ Lives of Famous Men of Modern Times.
" 2. — Lives of Famous Men of Ancient Times.
«< 3. — Curiosities of Human Nature ; or. The Lives

of Eccentric and Wonderful Persons.
«« 4, — Lives of Benefactors; including Patriots,

Inventors, Discoverers, &c.
♦' 5. — Lives of Famous American Indians.
" 6. — Lives of Celebrated Women.


" 7. — Lights and Shadows of American History.
" 8. — Lights and Shadows of European History
" 9. — Lights and Shadows of Asiatic History.
»' 10. — Light." and Shadows of African History
" 11. — History of the American Indians.
«« 12. — Manners, Customs, and Antiquities of thr
American Indians.


" 13. — A Glance at the Sciences, Astronomy, Nat0

RAL Philosophy, &c.
«« 14. — Wonders of Geology.
♦' 15. — Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom.
« 16. — A Glance at Philosophy, Mental, Mcrai,,

AND Social.
» 17, — Book of Literature, Ancient ahd Moderv,

with Specimens.


Vol.18. — Enterpuise, Industry, and Art of Man.

" 19. — Mannkrs and Customs of all Nations

" 20. — The World and its Inhabitants.

[O^ These works are designed to exhibit, in a popular
form, Select Biographies, Ancient and Modern; liie
Wonders and Curiosities of History, Nature, Art, Sci-
ence, AND Philosophy, with the Practical Duties of Life.

It cannot be deemed invidious to say, that no similar work
has met with equal favor at the hands of the public, as the
following testimonials, among many others, will show : —
The Hon. II. O. Otis, of Boston, saijs, June 4, 1_845,

I view it as tlie best conipeiidium of useful learning and infornaation, re
Bpecting its proposed contents, fur the ime of yuu-ng persons and sclwols,
that Ims fiillen within my knowledge. It abounds in illustrations of the
history of the world, and the customs and manners of nations, that may be
read by general scholars of any age, with pleasure.

The Rev. Dr. Sprague says, Albany, June 10, 1845,

I regard the Cabinet Library as a most important accession to the means
of intellectual and moral culture, especially in respect to the rising genera-
tion. But while it is peculiarly adapted to the young, it may be read by
persons of any age with both pleasure and profit. To men of business, who
have not leisure to read extensively, and indeed to all who would keep up
with the times, the work is invaluable. It is also suited to the various
members of the family circle, 5:5° and is among the very best if the libraries
for public schools. I learn that it is introduced into the public schools of
this city, (Albany,) and various other places, and I cannot doubt that it
will ultimately be adopted in our seminaries of learning generally.

Charles Spragiic, Esq., of Boston, says, June 24, 1345,
I have read, with both pleasure and profit, all the numbers of your very
instructive Cabinet Library. My friend and namesake, the Rev. Dr. Spiague,
has so exactly expressed my opinion of the work, that 1 need only adopt
his language, in recommending it, as I cheerfully do, to the favorable
attention of both teachers and learners.

From the Quincy Patriot, July 8.

We recommend it (Parley's Cabinet Libiary) as peculiarly valuable to
families. We often see one young man taking precedence of others in the
race of life. If we could read his history minutely, we should see the
explanation of the case to be, that he had a better head or a better heart
than others. Now we know of no works so well calculated to mould tiie
head and heart aright as those of " Peter Parley."

Those parents who wish to have their children " go ahead " in life,
should place Parley's Cabinet Library within their reach. We have never
seen a work better suited to bestow instruction, or that inculcates truth In
a more pleasant fashion.

From the Boston Courier, July S.

They are exceedingly agreeable books, and such as young and old may
peruse with pleasure and profit. The monil and religious account to which
the author turns every subject must render the work peculiarly suitable
to the family and the school library. We cheerfully commend the work
to the public as one of sterling value.

From the Boston Atlas, May 3.
It ii! a compact family and school library of substantial readins. which is
ilelightful in point of style, and wholesome in its moral, socul, and religiotu



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