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When two singular names are joined together by a conjunction, the affirmation must be plural; thus Bill AND Tom fight, not fights.
The article a, or an, and the, come before names and qualities; u is placed before a consonant, an before a vowel, and the indifferently before both : but sometimes in con. struction they are placed between the quality and name, as, so fuir a face, so good an example, how great the gift:
DIRECTIONS FOR WRITING LETTERS.
IT was a just observation of the honest Quaker, that, If a
man thinks twice before he speaks, he'll speak twice the betier for it. With great propriety the above may be applied to all sorts of writing, particularly the epistolary:
In letters from one relation to another, the different characters of the persons must first be considered. Thus a . father in writing to a son will use a gentle authority; a son to a father will express a filial duty. And again, in friendship, the heart will dilate itself with an honest freedom ; it will applaud with sincerity, and censure with modest reluctance.
In letters concerning trade, the subject matter will be constantly kept in view, and the grealest perspicuity and brevity observed by the different correspondents; and in like manner, these rules may be applied to all other subjects, and conditions of life, viz. a comprehensive idea of the subject, and an unaffected simplicity, though modesty, in expression. Nothing more-need be added; only that a constant attendance to the above, for a few months, will von convince the learner, that his time has not been spent in vain.
Indeed, an assiduous attention to the study of any art, even the most difficult, will enable the learner to surmouni every difficulty, and writing letters to his correspondents become equally easy as speaking in company. A careful attendance to the plain and simple rules laid down in the preceding Grammar, will enable him to write in the language of the present times; and if he carefully avoids aftectation, his thoughts will be clear, his sentiments judi. cious, and his language plain, easy, sensible, elegant, and suited to the nature of the subject. As letters are the copies of conversation, just consider what you
wouli say to your friend if he was present, and write down the very words you would speak, which willrender your epistle unaffected and intelligible.
OR, NEW ART. OP
LETTERS TO AND FROM DIFFERENT NELATIONS.
From a merchant in London, to the master of a college,
recommending his Son to his care as a Pupit. Rev. Sir,
London, January 5, 1811. HE opinion I have long had of your abilities as a scho
lar, your behaviour as a genileman, and piety as a Christian, encourages me to solicit your kind assistance in an affair of very great importance.
My son Charles has finished his grammatical studies in Merchant Tailors' Schools and is very desirous of being entered as a commoner in your university. The variety of business, which I have.on my hands, require ray constant. residence in London: but, being willing to discharge my duty as a father, I knw not any gentleman in Oxford, la whose fidelity I could so readily trust as yourself; and, if you approve this, the youth shall be sent on the return of
He shall be 'lest entirely to your direction, and I doubt not but you will treat him with the same tenderness as if he was your own.
I am, sir, &c.
The doctor's answer:
tremely pleased with your resolution of giving your son a liberal education. My long residence in this seat of learning, has furnished me with many opportunities of studying the different passions and capacities of youth. Our term begins next week, and if you please to send the young gentleman, you may rest assured of his being constantly under my own direction, and the greatest care taken both of his studies and morals. Oxford, January 8, 1811.
I am, Sir, &c.
From the young gentleman to his father.
my mother, and love to my sisters, I embrace this opeportunity of letting you know how happily I'am settled in the family of the worthy doctor. This good gentleman, and his amiable lady, do everything in their power to make my life agreeable, during the intervals of my attendance on the public lectures. The doctor has begun to teach me geometry, and I hope soon to be able to make some progress in that useful science,
I have endeavoured to be as good an economist as possible, but at present am obliged to purchase several books; I know your tenderness and generosity, and doubt not of hearing from you soon.
lam, Sir, your affectionate and dutiful son.
The father's answer. Dear Charles, RECEIVED your letter, and am greatly pleased to hear
of the progress you make in your studies, as well as your agreeable situation. I know the doctor is a worthy man, and if your behaviour continues consistent with the duties of moralily, you may be assured of his treating you with the same tenderness as if you were his own son.
As to the affair you mention, concerning the books, the inclosed order will convince you that nothing on my part shall be wanting to furnish you
with every thing necessary, as I am assured, from the whole of your former conduct, that you will not require any thing bordering on superAuity.
I am your affectionate father.
in behalf of her two orphans.
look at the subscription of this letter, I doubt not of your being much surprised with its contents; but it is more on account of your amiable character, than that I have the honour of being your relation, that I have presumed to trouble you with this.
My late husband, whom you know was reputed to be in aftluent circumstances, has been dead about six months; his whole accounts have been settled with his creditors, and because of
many losses and bad debts, there is not above one hundred pounds left for myself. I have a son just turried of fourteen, who I want io bind apprentice to a reputable trade; and a daughter near seventeen, whose education has rendered her incapable of acting as a menial servant, although she would willingly be the companion of some young lady, where she might be treated with familie arity and tenderness. In circumstances so distressing, I have presumed to address myself to you; your long acquaintance with the world, will enable you to direct me how to proceed; and I doubt not but your unbounded generosity, will