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_____A PRACTICAL INTRODUCTION__
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PRE FA C E.
IN the following Work, the Author has attempted to supply a want, which he has himself long felt in the course of his professional labours, namely, a Practical Introduction to the Composition of the English Language. It is designed as a Sequel to the ordinary textbooks on Grammar; while it is, at the same time, so arranged, that it may be studied with advantage, even by those who have been but imperfectly instructed in that department of education. Part I. is meant to guide to correctness in Spelling, Punctuation, the Use of Words, and the Structure and Arrangement of Sentences; Part II., to correctness and perspicuity in Style, and to a tasteful use of ornament in writing; and Part III., to the practice of the preceding Rules and Exercises in various kinds of Original Composition. If the Author has at all succeeded in realizing his own intentions, the book will be found useful in teaching such as are their own instructors, or have time for only a school education, to express their ideas with sufficient perspicuity and taste for their purposes in life; while to those who are to have the advantage of making higher attainments in learning, it will serve as a practical initiation into the critical study of the English Language and Literature.
The Exercises, which form the largest and most important portion of the Work, have generally been selected from books of classical authority; and no small labour and care have been spent in adapting them to the purposes for which they are intended. With regard to the mode of teaching them, the Author begs to suggest, that they should all be written by the Pupils; when convenient, the short sentences in the class, and the longer passages at home, to be afterwards examined and corrected by the Teacher. Advanced Pupils, familiar with Part I., may use Part II. in the class, and write the Exercises in Part III. at home. The Author has been careful to intimate when the Exercises may be multiplied from the ordinary lessons of the Pupils; and he would only suggest farther, that Teachers should prescribe only the best models in the language.
In conclusion, the Author has to state, that as his ambition has been to produce a useful rather than an original book, he has availed himself freely of all the materials within his reach. He has especially to express his obligations to the works of Murray, Walker, Irving, Smith, M'Culloch, Parker, and Smart.
EDINBURGH, November 1838.