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Alfred - House Academy,
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The author, whose works on an abridged scale for the use of Schools are now offered to the notice of the public, employed his pen in commenting upon the Laws of ENGLAND, and in tracing to its source the origin of that free Constitution, which is the boast and pride of every honest Briton, the real foundation of true liberty; and the admiration of the world. The profundity of his judgment, assisted by the ease and elegance of his style, has produced a work as immortal as the subject on which it is written.
To possess a knowledge of the form of that government, under which we live, and be versed in the laws, which we are required to obey, are confessedly of great importance to every
British member of society; and it may be confidently asserted that were the institutions of our country better known, the
advantages of our Constitution would be the more highly estimated,—we should think ourselves happy in the name of Englishmen, and venerate that government, which towers amid the grandeur of extensive realms, and stands the wonder of foreign nations.
It cannot be denied that youth, when the mind is unprejudiced by party enthusiasm, is the proper season to attain some acquaintance with the Laws and Constitution of our native land, a land inhabited by men, who have inherited that noble spirit, which characterized their forefathers, - that land, which has gone on from century to century accumulating fresh strength from the customs and institutions of civilization and well-directed policy.
It is trusted that this Epitome will not be devoid of utility. The compiler has spared no pains to render it intelligible, by divesting it, as much as was in his power, of technical language. He hopes it will be of such advantage to youth, that on entering into the busy scenes of life and figuring in the polite circles of society, they may not be altogether ignorant of the laws, which protect them from injury, and afford them all the blessings of social felicity.