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■Of all places I was ever in, New York is one where more time is wasted at that precooious period of life when the seeds of knowledge are to be sown, and tho habita formed that are to determine the character and fortunes of after life. I speak this from sad experienoe. How many an hour of hard labor and hard study have I had to subject myself to atone in a slight degree for the hours whioh I suffored society to cheat me out of. Young people enter iito society in America at an age when they are cooped up in schools iu Europe. Do not waste your everrings in parties of pleasure; devote as much as possible to valuable reading. Take care not to lose what you lcarncd at college. Keep up your knowledge of the learned languages, and endoavor to advancein them. Read history regularly and attetitively. As your time for reading will be limited, do not waste it on any reading but such as will go toward inf'orming your mind and improving your taste. Do not read for mere amusement. Do not seek ta f'eed the imagination -r that will always extract food for itself out of the sternest studies Io not read for the purpose of mere conversation the popular works of the day, reviews, magazines, etc. Be content to appear ignorant of thoso topics rather than read through fear of appoaring ignorant. The literature of the day ís always the most piquaut, tho most iramediately interesfcing, but is geuerally transient ; it soon passes away, and leaves no general knowledge, no permanent topic in the mind; and theü it is copious; if one yield hisattention to contemporary literature he is overwhelmed with it. - Make yourself, on the other hand, well acquainted with the valuable standard authors who have stood the test of time; they will always be in fashiou ; and in becoraing intimately acquaintod with the principies of knowledge and good taste. It is like studying the paintings and statues of old masters. Read such works as are connected with the moral and political history of England, for they are full of application to our own national character and history, and they tend to awaken caira and deep thinking, and produce that enlarged and independent mode of considering subjects that becomes a frceman. -


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Michigan Argus