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Hdapted to the different classes of learners, and highly adrdn-
of the Language;
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED
AN ABSTRACT OF THE PRINCIPLES OF ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION WITH
LESSONS IN READING,
BY JAMES M’DONALÐ.
Pour conduire les enfans a la colline de la
Printed by Thomas Henderson
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
BE IT REMBERED, that on the 14th day of April, in the year of our Lord 1815, and in the 39th year of the Independence of the United States of America, James M’Donald of the said District, diath deposited in this office, the title of a book, the right whereof The claims as author, in the words and figures following,
TO VIT: “A new Pronouncing Spelling Book and concise Expoa sitor of the English Language, for the use of Academies and
Schools, adapted to the different classes of learners, and highly ad" vantageous to Foreigners, who wish to acquire the knowledge of the
English language; to which is prefixed an abstract of the princi*ples of English Pronunciation, with an appendix containing sevekral useful tables, and some lessons in reading."
IN conformity to the Act of Congress of the United States, entiyed "an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the cojies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned, and also to " an act supplementary to an act, entitled an Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies during the time therein mencioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and other Prints.
JOHN H, HANNAH, Clerk
of the District of Kentucky
AS the education of youth is one of the principal affair: of life, the meaos therefore, by which it may be acquired should be carefully attended to; and as books and teachers. . are the only fountains from which learning flows, a judicia ous selection of both cannot be too much regarded. It is the opinion of many learned and experienced persons, that children of eight or nine years old can learn more out of this work in one year, than children of twelve years old cang out of such spelling books and dictionaries as are made use. of in our schools, in two years--if so, this work should be greatly valued, considering the expense of schooling, the use of the boy or girl at home or at other studies ; at an age when he or she is capable of making use of a dictionarys which has been the only means hitherto of acquiring a knowledge of the language. It may indeed be said, that all the materials of which this work is composed, are contained. ? in our other spelling books and dictionaries, and such 12 assertion would be very true ; but may it not with equil truth and reason be said, that, a man may be possessed of all the materials necessary for building a very useful machine; yet all these unorganized and indigested parts are almos: useless, to himn without the skill & workmanship of the man chinist; thus all depends upon the symmetry and order of the parts. If we daily see surprising productions of arts and sciences, which we thought had been carried to their highest perfection; what improvement may we not expect to be made upon a language, which is still in its infancy, and by no means settled and matured, Though much here might be said of the necessity of this work, and in favor of its singular utility and advantages, in promoting and advan. cing the education of youth , yet no reasoning or language I think, could so strongly enforce either, or so sufficiently convince the public, as thie following recommendations from gentlemen, whose learning, veracity and honor cannot be questioned.
I will therefore content mrself with laying them before the public.