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Learner from the Attainment of more useful Words by ftopping bis Progress in Search of those Names proper to Places and Things, as others have done before, by filling many Pages with solch Names of Persons, which are not commonly received or used among us; which too often nauseate tbe young Beginner,

prevent the desired Effeet of the diligent Teacher, whole Place it is to inftruet bis Scholar in the most necessary Parts of Literature. And Here I should

finish my Account of this first Part of Spelling, was it not my Province to explode that erroneous Pretence of teaching Children to Spell altogether by the Ear. In Opposition to which, I will fairly ask those Teachers, Whether their Scholars did ever 'attain to a right Judgment of Spelling by that Method, till they were afterwards better instructed according to Rule? And if this be true, as most certainly it is, that there can be no true Method of Spelling without Řule, I will appeal to my Readers, how inconsistent it is first to teach by the former Way, those Things which afterwards can never be attained but by the latter. Certainly every one will join with me in this Particular, that it is the greatest Folly in the World to learn Things, that afterwards must be learned in another manner.

Consequently I may presume to be inftrumental in teacbing Children to pronounce their Words clear and distiret; without Tones or distorted Countenances, which ill Habits, 'it is well krown, are too frequently contraited under such bad Methods of Instruction, which I have endeavoured to root out : Habits, ishich, it is to: true to be concealed, as it were, perfecute Learners thing the different Stages of Life : For having been accustomed to: a bed Tone in their early Pronunciation, are Searce ever able to quit their lamentable Way of reading with Hems.and Hahs.

The Second Part contains such Words, which tho they agree in - Sound, differ in Signification ; and therefore the Learner ought to be well acquainted with them, in order to prevent his writing one Word for another, of the same Sound.

The Third Part is a Compendium of English Grammar, debgned only for English Schools, to enable such as are intended to rije no higher, to porite their Mother-Tongue intelligibly, and according to the Rules of Grammar : And I hope it will answer the End proposed. But

As Practice, in all Arts and Sciences, is the great Medium of Instruction between Malter and Scholar, I would advise" all Teachers, when they find the Learner relile the Rules of this



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Part, to enjoin them at the same time to read the best English Authors, as the Spectator, Tatler, Guardian, &c. whicb will both apply the Rules herein contained towards, procuring a good Style, and an easy way of Writing; and banish from their Eyes such Grubftreet Papers, idle Pamphlets, lewd Plays, filthy Songs, and unseemly Jests, which only serve to corrupt

and debauch the Principles of those, who are so unhappy as to pend their Time therein.

The Fourth Part contains several divine, moral, and hiftorical Sentences, both in Prole and Verse, and several useful and easy Fables, with their Morals ; which may not only serve the Master to exercise his Scholars with, by way of Evening Copies; but may render the Business of Reading as useful and pleasant as possible to the Learner.

The Fifth Part is founded upon that excellent Order of all Charity-Schools in these Dominions, which obliges every Mafter to join with his Scholars in Prayer, both Morning and Evening ; teaching them thereby, as is intended, that all their Dependance is on God, by whom we live, and move, and have our Being. Therefore I have here published feveral short forms of Prayer for their Alistance in this Divine Exercise.

And now to conclude : « The Knowledge of Letters, (lays " the celebrated Dr. WATTS) is one of the greatest Bleir

ings, that ever God bestowed on the Children of Men.: By this Means, we preserve for our own use, through all our Lives, what our Memory would have lost in a few

Days, and lay up a rich Treasure of Knowledge for those " that shall come after us. By the Arts of Reading and

Writing, we can fit at Home and acquaint ourselves with “ what is done in all the distant Parts of the World, and “ find what our Fathers did long ago, in the first Ages of " Mankind. By this Means a Briton holds Correspondence " with his friend in America or Japan, and manages all “his Business. 'Tis this which brings all the past Ages of “Men at once upon the Stage, and makes the most distant “ Nations and Ages converse together, and grow into Ac

quaintance. And it is this, by which God has discovered " his Power, and Justice, his Providence, Merey, and Grace, " that we who live near the End of Time, may learn the

Way to Heaven and everlasting Happiness.'

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To Mr. DILWORTH, on his

New GUIDE, &c.
THAT Thanks, my friend, fhou'd to thy Care be given,

Which makes the Paths to Science smooth and even !
Henceforth our Youth, who tread thy flow'ry Way,
Shall, ne'er from Rules of proper Diktion stray:
No more their Speech with barb'rous Terms be filled ;.
No more their Pens a Crop of Nonsense yield:
But chosen Words in due Arrangement stand,
And Sense and Elegance go Hand in Hand.

Attend ye sprightly Youth, ye modeft Fair ;.
Awhile be Arts of Dress your flighter Care ;
Awhile the Precepts of these pages heed,
And richer Ornaments will foon fucceed ;
Your Friends delighted, shall your Talk attend,
And think too soon your pleasing Letters end.

How do we blush to hear th' untutor’d Tongue
Of some gay Ideot, painful Speech prolong?
The dark Discourse no Ray of Reason clears;
An uncouth Chaos, void of Form

appears :
What Pity! to behold some beauteous Toast,
Whose piercing Eyes a Thousand Conquests boaft,
With such prepoft'rous. Terms her Billet swell,

prove the Nymph can neither Read nor Spell.
But such Reproach no more shall stain the Fair,
Who make thy easy Rules their timely Care :
Nor Teachers more bewail their ill Success,
Who on young Minds these useful Lefons press.


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-To Mr. Tho. DiLWORTH, Author of the

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Have had fo many Opportunities, not only to be thoroughly

for a this ; but also to be well versed in the best Methods for the Instruction of Youth, (which I have been engaged in for upwards of Twenty Years) that I should be wanting in my Duty as a Friend, both to Yourself and the Public, should 1, after reviewing your excellent New Guide to the English Tongue, neglect to recommend your. Labour, as much as lies in my Power, which I am fatisfied was undertaken purely with a view to instruct the Ignorant, and, when generally known, must prove to be a general Advantage to all those who desire to attain to the true Knowledge of the English Tongue. I am, SIR,

Your Friend and Admirer,

Bancroft's School

at Mile - End,
May 16, 1740.


To the Author of the New Guide to

the English Tongue.


HEN I first heard that you were engaged in wri. conceived great Expectations from your known Abilities, for such a Work : And since you have favoured me with a Review of it, I fincerely profess to you, that it appears to me to be much better calculated for the Use and Instruction of Children, than'any Piece' of that Kind I have ever seen. I heartily with you Success in the Publication of it, and doubt not of its being of general Use to all who are engaged in the Education of Youth. I am, SIR,


May 17,

Your fincere Friend, and humble Servant,



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E whose. Names are underwritten, haGuide to Perufed this Book, intitled, A Nerer

--to the English Tongue, do recommend it to be used in Schools for the Education of YOUTH, as the best of its kind, that hath yet been made public. been Robert Warren, D. D. Restor Daniel Bellamy, formerly of c of Stratford Bow, and Mi- St. John's College, Oxford

nister of Hampstead. Samuel Stonehouse, Philomath. Samuel Shenton, M: A. Rector Strand.

of Wappin,and Vicarof Ewel. BrightWhilton Writing-master Farmery Maltus, M. A. Gerate and Accomptant, in FenHand Leaturer of St. Mary church-ftreer. * Magdalen's, Bermondsey. Nathaniel Dove, Master of the Samuel Peers, M. A. Curate and Academy at Hoxton.

Lecturer of St. Paul'sShadwel. Johné Bland, Master of the
Leonard Howard, D. D. Boarding-School, in. Bishops-
Rector of St. George in

Southwark, and Chaplain to Jofeph Champion, Accompt-
bis Royal Highness the Prince ant and Writing-maften 10.
of Wales.

St. Paul's School, and pri-
Richard Nangle, A. B. Curate. vate Teacher of the Nobility

of St. John's Wappin. and Gentry William Jackson, B. A. Vicar Emanuel Austin, Writinga

of Addington in Surry. master and Accomptant, at the Thomas Broughton, B. A. Academy in Tower-street.

Lefturer of Alhallows in Francis Hopkins, Writing-

master and Accomptant, in Rowland Sandiford; B. A. Cavendish-Court, near Dex

Schoolmaster of the London vonshire-square.

William Goles, Teacher of the
Joseph Harris,. M. A. Lecturer Mathematics, in Twelve-Bell

at Stratford Bow, and at: Court, Bow-Church-Yard.

West Ham in Eflex. James Willis, Teacher of the
Charles Bellenger, M. A. Lec- Matbematics, Limehouse.

turer of Trinity, Miñories, William Mountaine,: Teacher,
and Master of the Free School of the Mathematics, and
belonging to the Worshipfull. Accomptant, in Gainsford:

Companyo/ Brewers, London. ftreet, Shad - Thames, in
James Dalton, M. A: Master Southwark.

of the Boarding School at John Day, Writing-master and
Stanmore in Middlesexor Accomptant; at Doctors-



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