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PIECES IN PROSE AND POETRY,
SELECTED FROM THE BEST WRITERS.
Designed to assist young persons to read with propriety and
ciples of piety and virtue.
PLES OF GOOD READING.
IMPROVED BY THE ADDITION OF A
coniained in this work.
ING TO THE PRINCIPLES OF
the sections, are numbered with figures of reference.
CABULARY, IS PREFIXED TO THIS WORK.
Words can have no definitive idea attached to them when by themselves
BY JEREMIAH GOODRICH.
SARATOGA SPRINGS: N. Y.
STEREOTYPED BY 4. W. KINSLEY,
NORTHERN LISTRICT OF NEW-YORK, TU WIT: BE it remembered, That on the fifth day of July, in the forty-seventh ycat the Independence of the United States of America, A. D, 1822. E. & E. OŞFORD,* of the said district. have deposited in this office the title vi a
book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit: "Murray's English Reader or pieces in prose and poetry, selected from the best writers, designed to assist young persous to read with propriety and effect; to improve their language and sen:iments; and to inculcate some of the most important principles of piety and virtue, with a few pro
liminary observations on the principles of good reading, improv. by the addition of a concordant and synonymising vocabulary; consisting of jout fifteen hundred of the most important words, contained in this work . he words are arranged in columns, and are placed over the sections, resper. rely, from which they are selected; and cre divided, defined and pronounced, ccording to the principles of John Walker. The words in the vocabulary, td their correspondeni words in the sections, are numbered with figures of 7 ference. Walker's Pronouncing Key which governs the vocabulary, is pre
sed to this work.. Words can have no definite idea attached to them when by nemselves ; it is the situation and tract in the sentence which determine their trecise meaning ;-Dr. Johnson. By JEREMIAH GOODRICH."
In conformity to the act of Congress of the United States, entitled “An Acr. r the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and *:ooks, to the authours and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein entioned ;"' and also, to the act, entitled " An act supplementary to en act, titled, “ An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of aps, Charts, and Books, to the authours and proprietors of such copies during e time therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of De3 gning, Engraving and Eiching historical and other prints.”
RICHARD R. LANSING, Clerk of
the Northern District of N. York.
* By misprision of the Clerk, the names of E. & E. Hogford, wero laserted the record and certificate, instead of Jeremiah Gyodrich
An attempt to improve a work stamped with the pame of the immortal Murray, and clothed with universal patronage, may be deemed the height of presumption. But the Author has not handled the reader irreverently ; for he has left it iu precisely the same shape in which he found it : except that a few pages are added to its size by placing a vocabulary over each section, giving the definition and true pronunciation of the most impostant words, agreeably to the principles of the celebrated John Walker. Walker's orthography is also given to the work for the purpose of uniformity. Mr. Murray says, that the English Reader is “ designed to assist young persons to read with propriety and effect: and to improve their language and sentiments."
To every one, who can read Murray's title page, it is evident, that young persons can not read the following work with propriety and effect, without a perfect knowledge of the words of which it is composed. Neither can their language and sentiments be much improved, by prating over a work, without regard either to pronunciation or definition. As there can be no diversity of opinion on this point, the only question is, what is the most convenient and expeditious method of acquiring a necessary knowledge of words? All will agree, that the best method of becoming acquainted with words, is to consult them, as they occur in the writings of the best authors. But the drudgery of looking out words in a full dictionary, (which must be repeated as often as the learner may forget them,) added to the loss of time and the expense of having dictionaries tumbled to pieces in the hands of children, calls loudly for improvement. The publick are now invited to determine, whether a pronouncing vo. cabulary placed at the head of each section, is not a more desirable mode of acquisition, than to ramble over Walker's full work, for every unknown word that may occur.
By the aid of this vocabulary, teachers can furnish their pupils with lessons in spelling, pronunciation, and definition, to be committed to memory, previously to reading the sections, from which the words are selected. The letters of reference will guide the pupil in the application of the definitions. Thus a key is hung over each section, inviting the young reader to unlock the door, and view the treasu' e, which Mr. Murray has prepared for him.
Should any material errour be discovered in the vocabulary, by any one, who will communicate the proper corrections to the authour, thé favour will be received with gratitude.