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FOR THE USE OF STUDENTS.
JOHN WILLIAM DONALDSON, D.D.,
CLASSICAL EXAMINER IN THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON;
SECOND EDITION, CONSIDERABLY ENLARGED.
LONDON: BELL AND DALDY.
M. DCCC. LIX.
304. e. 46.
REV. WILLIAM HEPWORTH THOMPSON,
CANON OF ELY; FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE;
AND REGIUS PROFESSOR OF GREEK IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE;
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
THE republication of this Grammar has been delayed, in order that I might be enabled to convert it from a manual for learners, who were supposed to enjoy the advantage of competent instruction, into a book of reference adapted to the use of the highest class of students in our public Schools and Universities. In thus enlarging the work, I do not retract one word of what I said in the preface to the former edition, when I maintained its completeness, as distinguished from its extent, in reference to what was then its object. But some eminent scholars and teachers, who have been pleased to think favourably of the book in its original form, have urged me to adapt it to the wants of more mature readers, by incorporating those details, which, whether or not properly belonging to a Greek Grammar, are generally found in a work of this description. And I have the more readily deferred to this suggestion, because, with some notable exceptions, I have not been able to persuade the masters of schools to discard the old-fashioned grammars, and to connect the teaching of the Greek language with that higher philology, which is now accepted by all scholars who are worthy of the name; and because the large impression of this work, which has been already sold, has made its way chiefly into the hands of those, who require to have before them a complete apparatus of the