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From John Van Ness Yates, Esq. Secretary of the State of New-York, and Superintendent of Common Schools, ex officio



I have perused, with much pleasure, the volume lately published by you, entitled "The Moral Instructor, and Guide to Virtue," and I have no hesitation in giving it my most decided and unqualified approbation. The selections it contains are well adapted to promote the great purposes it has in view: and I think it ought to be in the hands of every Parent, Guardian, and Instructor, as a manual which will essentially benefit the rising generation.---The original pieces in the work, are highly creditable to your head and heart, and worthy of perusal and patronage.

I sincerely wish you success in this work, and that every seminary of education and virtue may both be profited and delighted by your labours.

I am, respectfully, your most obedient servant,

Albany, June 4, 1819.


From the Hon. Samuel Young, Member of the Senate of the State of

I have perused a book compiled by Dr. Jesse Torrey, entitled "The Moral Instructor," and am satisfied that it is well calculated to instruct youth in correct moral sentiments; and that its introduction into Common Schools would be highly useful.


Ballston, June 1, 1819.


From the Hon. Estes Howe.

Albany, June 4, 1819.


"Moral Instructor,"

I have been much gratified in the examination of your and do not know of any Book of Morals more useful, or better calculated to be put into the hands of our youth.

I do therefore, cheerfully recommend it to the use of our Schools and Acad


Very respectfully, yours, &c.


Extract of a note from the Hon. Thomas Jefferson, late President of the United States, dated Monticello, Jan. 5, 1822.


"I thank you, Sir, for the copy of your Moral Instructor.' I had read the first edition with great satisfaction, and encouraged its reading in my family."

Extracts of a Letter from the Hon. James Madison, late President of the United States, dated Montpelier, Jan. 30, 1822.


"I have received your letter of the 15th, with a copy of the 'Moral Instructor.""

"I have looked enough into your little volume to be satisfied, that both the original and selected parts contain information and instruction which may be useful, not only to juvenile, but most other readers."

"Your plan of free libraries, to be spread through the community, does credit

to your benevolent zeal. The trial of them, in behalf of apprentices, seems to have been justly approved, and to have had an encouraging success."

"A tree of useful knowledge, planted in every neighborhood, would help to make a paradise---as that of forbidden use, occasioned the loss of one. And I wish you success in propagating the fruitful blessing. "With friendly respects,



Extracts of Letters from the Hon. John Adams, late President of the United States, dated Montezillo, Feb. 8. and March 13, 1820.


"I thank you for your Moral Instructor.' I have read the table of contents, and turned over the leaves, and have found nothing but such excellent maxims of wisdom and virtue, which cannot be too plentifully scattered among the people, nor presented in too great a variety of forms. The compilation and compo sition of this work must have cost you much labor of research, and of thought, which merits well of the public.”

"As I am a friend to all rational measures for propagating knowledge among all classes of people, I wish success to your project of free libraries. "A repub lican government, without knowledge and virtue, is a body without a soul---a mass of corruption and putrefaction--food for worms.

"I am, Sir, your obliged and obedient humble servant,


From Frederick Beasley, Provost of the University of Pennsylvania.

I have examined Mr. Torrey's work, entitled, "The Moral Instructor," and think that he has condensed into it as much useful information as I have ever seen collected into so small a compass, and moreover, consider it as one of the best books of the kind to be read by young persons, either in our schools or out of them, that has been compiled


June 26, 1823.

From Roberts Vaux, President of the Controllers of the Public Schools in Philadelphia.

"The Moral Instructor" is a valuable compilation. It appears to be well adapted for elementary schools; and it will give me pleasure to learn that the lessons which it contains are furnished for the improvement of our youth generally. Respectfully,


Philadelphia, 5th mo. 8, 1823.

From teachers of Schools and Academies.

The subscribers, having carefully examined" The Moral Instructor and Guide to Virtue and Happiness," freely give our opinion that it contains a condensed body of valuable moral and philosophical instruction, which ought to be in possession of every individual.---As a compendium of moral knowledge, we consider it an essential book for every family library and seminary of education. JOSIAH J. UNDERHILL, teacher of Lancaster school, Hudson. ENOCH HAIGHT, teacher, Nine Partners' boarding school. A. G. THOMPSON, English teacher in the academy at Poughkeepsie. T. W. NORTON, teacher of a select school, Albany.

R. O. K. BENNETT, teacher in Troy.

NICHOLAS MORRIS, Principal of Wesleyan Seminary, New-York.
AARON MERCHANT, Principal of Union Academy, New-York.
HALLOWAY W. HUNT, Jr. Principal of Trenton Academy.
M. SMITH, Principal of Elizabethtown Academy.
ANDREW SMITH, Principal of Newark Academy.

SAMUEL BLOOD, Preceptor of Franklin Academy, Chainbersburg, Pa.

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