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FOR ASSISTING THE MORE ADVANCED STUDENTS TO WRITE
WITH PERSPICUITY AND ACCURACY.
They who are learning to compose and arrange their sentences with accuracy and
order, are learning, at the same time, to think with accuracy and order.-BLAIR.
BY LINDLEY MURRAY.
PUBLISHED BY W. & J. BOLLES.
WHEN the number and variety of English Grammars already published, and the ability with which some of them are written, are considered, little can be expected from a new compilation, besides a careful selection of the most useful matter, and some degree of improvement in the mode of adapting it to the understanding, and the gradual progress of learners. In these respects something, perhaps, may yet be done, for the ease and advantage of young persons.
In books designed for the instruction of youth, there is a medium to be observed, between treating the subject in so extensive and minute a manner, as to embarrass and confuse their minds, by offering too much at orice for their comprehension; and, on the other hand, conducting it by such short and general precepts and observations, as convey to thein no clear and precise information. A distribution of the parts; which is either defective or irregular, has also a tendency to perplex the young understanding, and to retard its knowledge of the principles of literaturo. A distinct general view, or outline, of all the essential parts of the stady in which they are engaged ; a gradual and judicious supply of this outline; and a due arrangement of the divisions, according to their natural order and connexion, appear to be among the best means of enlightening the minds of youth, and of facilitating their acquisition of knowledge. The author of this work, at the saine time that he has endeavoured tn avoid a plan, which inay be too concise or too extensive, defective in its parts or irregula, in their disposition, has studied to render his subject sufficient usy, intelligible, and comprehensive. He does not presume* Aave completely attained these objects. How far he has suc reeded in the attempt, and wherein he has failed, must be refe.sed to the determination of the judicious and candid reader.
The method which he has adopted, of exhibiting the performance in characters of different sizes, will, he trusts, be conducive to that gradual and regular procedure, which is so favourable to the business of instruction. The more important rules, definitions, and observations, and whieh are therefore the most proper to be committed to memory, are printed with a larger type ; whilst rules and remarks that are of less consequence, that extend or diversify the general idea, or that serve as explanations, are contained in the smaller letter: these, or the chief of them, will be perused by the student to the greatest advantage, if postponed till the general system be completed. The use of notes and observations, in the com mon and detached manner, at the bottom of the page, would not, it is imagined, be so likely to attract the perusal of youth, or adınit of 80 ample and regular an illustration, as a continued and uniforin order of the several subjects. In a lopting this mode, care has been