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to their settlement. And when this required more space than was proper to be taken up in the body of the work, the discussion has been thrown into the Appendix. A much greater variety of exercises has been introduced at every step, with directions for the manner of using them. To every part of speech, an oral exercise, of the inductive kind, has been annexed as a specimen of the way in which the mind of the learner may be trained to think and reason on the subject, and prepared to profit more by the exercises that follow.
By adopting the plan of a running series of numbers to mark the paragraphs, reference from one part to another is rendered more convenient, and is employed-wherever it was thought to be profitable.
The Syntax is much fuller than in the former work; and though the rules are not different, they are arranged in a different order, so that all that belongs to one subject is collected under one head, instead of being scattered in different places, and the proper subordination of parts is exhibited in a series of subordinate rules, wherever it was necessary. In this way the whole is rendered more compact-the number of leading rules is reducedand the unity of each subject is better preserved.
In the rules and definitions throughout, accuracy, brevity, euphony, and adaptation to the practical operations of the schoolroom, have been particularly attended to. No startling novelties have been introduced; at the same time, where it was thought that a change would be an improvement, it has been made. It was felt that a work on this subject, of a higher grade, and more suited to the wants of higher seminaries, and more advanced students, without detracting from its simplicity and practical character, was wanted, and the aim has been to supply this want; while at the same time its relation to the series, of which it is intended to form a part, has not only been preserved, but rendered more close and intimate.
With a grateful sense of past kindnesses, the Author now commits the result of his labors to the favorable consideration of a candid and enlightened public, and especially to that of the Teachers throughout the United States. March 23, 1849.
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