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HE first six lessons of this book are designed chiefly to teach the letters of

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(Specimens of the Ilustrations and Type of the First Reader.)

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The above are from the first six lessons, designed to teach the alphabet. These lessous comprise seventeen similar illustrations.

Specimens of the Illustrations and Type of the First Reader are continued on the next page.

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