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COMPENDIUM

OF

A S T R O N O M Y;

INTENDED

TO SIMPLIFY AND ILLUSTRATE THE PRINCIPLES

OF THE SCIENCE,

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BY JOHN VOSE, A. M.
Late Principal of Pembroke Academy, N. H., and Author of a larger work

on Astronomy.

“ CREATION OF ARCHANGELS IS THE THEME.".

.Dr. Young

Stereotype Edition.

BOSTON:
CARTER, HENDEE & CO.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1832,

By John VOSE,
In the Clerk's Office of the District of New Hampshire.

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PRE FACE.

The improvements in the education of youth, the taste for mental culture generally diffused, and particularly the facilities introduced for commencing study at a much earlier period of life than formerly, render it important that the circle of knowledge to be acquired should be greatly enlarged. Every enlightened citizen and well-wisher to the rising generation must perceive that the march of improveinent requires the arts and sciences emphatically termed liberal, to be introduced into our common schools. Here a large proportion of the community complete their education.

Among the sciences, Astronomy, most happily adapted to enlarge and elevate the mind, must hold a distinguished place. When its importance, as the foundation of other arts and sciences, and the grandeur of the objects brought into view, are considered, it must be wonderful that it has not been more generally introduced.

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