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(40) Cobbett's Grammar of the English Language. Letter xiv., p. 156; Points and Marks.

(*1) One of the most determined advocates of the dash is a writer named Justin Brenan.-See Brenan, in Appendix, No. VIII.

(42) Blair's Lectures on Philosophy and Belles Lettres : Lecture xvii.; Figures of Speech.

(43) See Appendix, No. VIII.; Ward, Dr.

(44) Quæ koupata Græci vocant, nos incisa dicimus : K@lov illi, nos membrum.-Cicero : Ad Marc. Brutum Orator.

(45) Membrum autem est sensus numeris conclusus, sed a toto corpore abruptus, et per se nihil efficiens: id enim, O callidos homines ! perfectum est; at remotum a cæteris, vim non habet : ut per se manus, et pes, et caput: et, O rem excogitatam ! o ingenia metuenda ! Quando ergo incipit corpus esse? cum venit extrema conclusio.Quinct. lib. ix., c. iv.

(46) As illustrations of the assertion, that the sentences referred to in this part of the text are deserving of little more consideration than a common puzzle, the following examples are given ;

Ibis; redibis ; nunquam per bella peribis.

Ibis; redibis nunquam ; per bella peribis.

meaning,-or if, by pointing, it can be made to bear more meanings than one, it is a faulty sentence, which cannot be properly mended by pointing or re-pointing ; but only by recasting it:—the use of points is to facilitate the reading of a composition.

(47) Henry Home, Lord Kames, Elements of Criticism.

(48) “The original records of acts of parliament, verbose deeds of conveyance, or marriage settlements, have not a single stop from beginning to end.”—Sir James Bur

The practice of not pointing records and deeds still continues. A professional friend tells me that in one of the reports on the public records, punctuation is spoken of, but I have not found it.


(49) Blair's Lectures on Philosophy and Belles Lettres. Lecture xi.; Structure of Sentences.


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