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which the work is executed, will show that it is not intended to supply the place, or super.. sede the use of the original Grammar. If, however, the teachers of such children as can devote but a small part of their time to this study, should think proper to inake use of it, they will not, it is imagined, find it more de. fective than abridgments commonly are. It exhibits a general scheme of the subjects of Grammar; and contains definitions and rules, which the Compiler has endeavoured to render as exact, concise, and intelligible, as the nature of the subject would admit.

The tutors who may adopt this abridgment, merely as an introduction to the larger Grammar, will perceive in it a material advantage, which other short works do not possess; namely, that the progress of their pupils will be accelerated, and the pleasure of study increased, when they find themselves advanced to a crammar, which exactly pur


may justly be doubted, whether there is any ground for objcction to the following 'compilation, on account of the additional cost it will occasion The preservation of the larger Grammar, by using the Abridgment, may, in most instances, make amends for the charge of the fatter. But werè this not the case, it is hoped the period has passed away, in which the important business of education was, too often, regulated or influenced by a parsimonious economy.

The Compiler presumes that no objection can properly be made to the phraseology, from an idea that, in books of this kind, the language should be brought down to the level of what is familiar to children. It is indeed indispensable, that our words and phrases should, without requiricg much attention and explanation, be intelligible to young persons; but it will scarcely be controverted, that it is better to lead them forward and improve their

in general, be more readily and effectually produced, than by accustoming children to commit to memory, sentences in which the words are properly chosen, and the construction and arrangement correct. This was one object which the Compiler had in view, when he composed the Grammar of which this is an epitome; and he hopes that he has not altogether failed in his endeavours to attain it. But on this point, or on any other part of the work, it belongs not to him to determine : the whole must be referred to the decision of the impartial and judicious reader.

Holdgate, near York, 1797.

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THE ninih and eleventh editions of this work have been much enlarged and improved. Exercises adapted to the rules, have, in many instances, been copiously supplied. In particular, the exercises in parsing have not only been very considerably augmented; they have also been moulded into a new form and arrangement, which the author hopes will facilitate to young persons the acquisition of this fundamental part of grammatical knowledge.

An Abridgment must necessarily be concise, and it will, in some points, be obscure. Those teachers, therefore, who do not make use of the author's larger grammar, in their schools, will find an advantage by consulting it themselves. Many of the rules and positions are, in that work, cunnorted and illustrated by particular disquisi

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