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AUTHOR OF THE “READER'S GUIDE,” AND THE
HUNTINGTON AND SAVAGE, NEW YORK. THOMAS, COWPER-
SYRACUSE, N. Y.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1839, by
JOHN HALL, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Connecticut.
No explanation of the characters used in this work, and no instructions for reading, are introduced into it, from the belief that those, for whom the book is designed, are too young to receive benefit from written rules, and systematic teaching. Children must be first taught to read by oral instructions, and examples. After this, as they become more advanced, the great leading principles of good reading should be well fixed in their minds by the aid of such rules and explanations as are fitted to secure such an object; and this should be done in a progressive manner according to the gradual development of their capacities. The Primary Reader, the Reader's Manual, and the Reader's Guide, constitute a series which, it is hoped, will materially help to improve a branch of education which has been too much neglected.
The NoTATION which is employed in the Manual, and in the Guide, is, to a considerable extent, introduced into this work. This is done for the accommodation of teachers, to assist them in their oral instructions, and gradually to prepare the young reader for the second part of the series. It is hoped that every teacher, who may make use of the Primary