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PLAIN AND SHORT
HISTORY OF ENGLAND,
LETTERS FROM A FATHER TO HIS SON.
A SET OF QUESTIONS AT THE END OF EACH LETTER.
BY THE EDITOR OF
PRINTED FOR C. J. G. & F. RIVINGTON,
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD,
The following Letters are little else than a reprint of a very short History of England, first published in the “ Cottager's Monthly Visitor.” A few alterations, omissions, and additions have been made, for the sake of adapting the remarks to children of all classes of society, as well as to those for whom they were originally written. The same plainness of style, which was the chief recommendation of the Letters, has still been attempted to be preserved.
MY DEAR BOY,
As you are likely to be absent from me for a considerable time, I know you will be glad to hear from me frequently ;--and, that my letters may not be entirely unprofitable to you, I intend to send you something like a History of England, our own country: it will be but a short one, yet it may do instead of a longer, till you grow bigger. Now, as you are, at present, but a very little gentleman, you must expect me to tell you about some very little matters,—such, however, as little people are not always acquainted with.-And first I shall tell you that Great Britain is an island, which perhaps you know very well already, and you know also that an island means, a piece of land wholly surrounded by the sea.
By Great Britain we mean England, Scotland, and Wales. Look at your map, and you will