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A Book of Latin Exercises, not immediately based on rules for construction and government, requires some explanation of its scope and purpose. It is designed, as the title itself announces, for the use of advanced students of Latin Composition; and, therefore, is not intended to supersede those elementary Exercises, of which the mere rules of grammar form the basis. The works, indeed, of VALPY, MAJOR and EDWARDS, KENRICK and the two ARNOLDS, are extremely valuable, and have exercised a most important agency in improving the style of Latin Composition among English students; who without such aids and appliances would have experienced far greater difficulty in attaining the power of writing correct and classical Latin.
The object of this little work is, to continue the work already so well begun, to promote a good Latin style by the constant exhibition of Ciceronian models, in which simple and involved sentences occur in connexion, and thus by degrees to introduce the student to the difficulties of that periodic writing which gives beauty and character to the style of Cicero and Livy. By the imitation of classical models, Bembo, LIPSIUS, MANUTIUS, MURETUS, and ERASMUS, as well as PORSON, PARR, and COPLESTON, in our own country, have attained an undying reputation for classical and elegant taste in writing; and, as the plan adopted in these Exercises has been for some years successfully pursued in the UNIVERSITIES, at Eton, and in other public seminaries, it is unnecessary to apologize further for the