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AIDS AFFORDED TO POOR STUDENTS,
ENCOURAGEMENTS OFFERED TO DILIGENT STUDENTS,
REWARDS CONFERRED ON SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS,
THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE;
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
A COLLECTION OF MAXIMS, APHORISMS, &c.
DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF LEARNERS.
BY ROBERT POTTS, M.A.
This little book, as its title-page declares, is designed for the use of learners, and especially for those who intend to complete their education at the University of Cambridge. And in order that it may not be misunderstood, the reader is especially requested to bear in mind, that this compilation is put forth on the sole responsibility of the writer, without the sanction of any authority ; and if it have any claims to public attention, they rest entirely on the accuracy of the views it exhibits, and the correctness of the statements it contains.
Truth and utility have been the aim of the writer, and though he has employed every means within his power to ensure correctness and avoid error, he is not insensible of the imperfection of his work; and although oversights and inaccuracies may be found, yet he presumes to hope that there are not any of such a nature as to render his book other than a safe and trusty guide to learners.
It is believed that those students who are sensible of their responsibility for the use and improvement of their time and talents, may be influenced by encouragements and rewards in proceeding through their course of disciplinal studies ; and that those who are resolved to avoid failure and secure success in their preparation for the duties of life, may find some useful suggestions for that purpose in the collection of maxims, aphorisms, and extracts which form the prefix to this little volume. They are drawn from the works of men, some of them the most distinguished in their generation, whose writings form a rich storehouse of intellectual treasures. In making the selection, if the compiler has succeeded in bringing great truths and sound principles before the minds of learners in a plain and intelligible form, he has not failed in this portion of his task.
The chief sources from which has been drawn the account of the aids, encouragements, and rewards open to students at Cambridge, are “the Report of Her Majesty's Commissioners for enquiring into the state, discipline, studies, and revenues of