Excerpt from The Rose, or Affection's Gift for 1842
When a custom has obtained a firm footing among the people, it should be directed as much as possible to really useful purposes. Custom has long required that young people should receive presents of elegant books at the Christmas and new-years' Holidays. It has been the object of the Editor, in preparing Tm: Ros: for publication, to render it directly subservient, not only to the entertainment, but to the real instruction and permanent benefit of the young. With this object constantly in view, she has admitted to the collection such pieces only as appeared to her to possess the requisite qualities of utility, as well as beauty. Some of the pieces are invaluable. That on Chivalry, particularly, is a complete key to some hundreds of historical tales and poems which have been appearb ing in various annuals for the last fifteen years. Other pieces in the volume are scarcely less valuable for the moral instruction they convey to the minds of young persons.
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