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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
GIFT OF THE
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1844 by
HARPER & BROTHERS,
in the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New York.
TO THE FIFTH EDITION.
In preparing this edition for the press, the compiler has sought to render his work more complete by adding Part VIII., supplementary to what appeared in the former editions, and particularly adapted to the wants of the more advanced students in common schools or academies. It will be found to embrace some of the more important and practical instructions found in works on Logic, and which properly belong to a complete treatise on the Art of Composition.
The whole work has been carefully revised, but it was found necessary to make only a very few alterations, and those so slight, chiefly cor rections of typographical errors, that ro inconvenience will be experienced in using this edi. lion with any of the former.
The compiler would take the liberty to add, that after a trial of one year in the institution under his care, during which several classes in the different departments, have been carried through the work, it has been found peculiarlv well adapted to the important objects for
which it was compiled. He believes it is not tou much to say, that it not only embraces, but presents in a more convenient method and form, the best portions, at least the most useful, of the works of Blair, Whateley, Beattie, Campbell, and Watts, while it comprehends, besides, the Practical Exercises, the History of the English Language and Literature, and the selections from British and American Poets, with critical notices, which did not enter into the plan of any of the above works.
As now enlarged, the work will, it is hoped, be deemed worthy of a general introduction into academies, while it has not thereby lost, in any degree, its adaptedness to the wants of common schools, especially in the improved condition to which they are advancing from year to year.
Watertown, January 2, 1846.
[. SPELLING. Sect. I. Capital Letters II. Spelling, how best learned : : : ;
II. PUNCTUATION. Remarks on its Importance and Necessity
III. USE OF WORDS.
II. Words to form Sentences
IV. STRUCTURE OF SENTENCES.
II. Simple Sentences
V. ARRANGEMENT OF SENTENCES.
II. Variety of Arrangement (continued)
II. Alphabetic Writing
CHAP. V. Composition
XXVII. Of Personification
OF THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF COMPOSITION.