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INTRODUCTION

TO

THE ENGLISH READER:

OR,
A SELECTION OF PIECES,
IN PROSE AND POETRY;

Calculated to improve

THE YOUNGER CLASSES OF LEARNERS IN READING ;

And to imbne

THEIR MINDS WITH THE LOVE OF VIRTUE

TO WHICH ARE ADDED,
RULES AND OBSERVATIONS

FOR ASSISTING CHILDREN TO READ WITH PROPRIETY.

BY LINDLEY MURRAY,
AUTHOR OF AN ENGLISH GRAMMAR, &c. &c.

To which, by the aid of a Key, is scrupulously applied, Mr. Walker's Pronunciation of
the Classical Proper Names, and of numerous other words, difficult to pronounce;

With an APPENDIX,
Consisting of words selected from the reading lessons, with definitions.

Utilius homini nihil est quam recte loqui....... Phædrus.

BY ISRAEL ALGER, JUN. A. M.
Teacher of Youth, Editor of the Pronouncing Testament, and Author of Key to Book

Keeping, Elements of Orthography, &c.

Boston:
PUBLISHED BY LINCOLN & EDMANDS,

No. 59, WASHINGTON-STREET.

1831

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY
047*172

DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, to wit :

District Clerkry Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the third day of October, A. D. 1823, and in the forty-eighth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Ensign LINCOLN, and THOMAS EDMANDS, JUN. of the said District, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as Proprietors, in the words following, 'lo, wit :-The Pronouncing Introduction. Introduction to the English Reader: or, a selection of pieces, in prose and poe try; calculated to improve the younger classes of learners in reading; and to inbue their minds with the love of virtue. To which are added, rules and observations for assisting children to read with propriety. By Lindley Murray, Author of an English Grammar, &c. &c. To which, by the aid of a Key, is scrupulously applied, Mr. Walker's Pronunciation of the Classical Proper Names, and of numerous other wore's difficult to pronounce. With an Appendix, consisting of words selected from the reading lessons, with definitions. Utilius homini nihil est quam recte loqui....Phædrs. By Israel Alger, jun. A. M. Teacher of Youth, Editor of the Pronouncing Testament, and Author of Key to Book-Keeping, Elements of Orthography, lo conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, 6 An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned :" and also to an Act, ontitled, “ An Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned : and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching, historical, and other prints.".

JNO, W. DAVIS, { " Massachusetts.

Clerk of the District

&c."

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“ The EngʻLISH READ'ER,” and “ SE'QUEL" to that perfor. mance, having met with a favourable reception from the Publick, the Com-pi'ler has been induced to prepare a small volume, on a similar plan, for the use of children, who have made but little progʻress in reading.' It has been his aim to form a compila'tion, which would properly conduct the young lear'ner from the Spelling Book to “The Engʻlish Reader;" and in prosecuting this design, he has been* particularly careful to select such pieces as are adapted to the understanding, and pleasing to the taste, of children.

A work calculated for different classes of young read'ers, should contain pieces suited, in point of language and matter, to their various ages and capacities. The Com-pīler, in conformity with this idea, has endeavoured to arrānge the materials of each chapter, so as to form an easy gradation, which may be adapted to the different progʻress of the lear'ners. Judicious Teachers will know how to apply this arrangement to the years and abilities of their pupils.

Care has been taken to render the language of all the pieces correct and perspicuous ; that the young lear'ner may improve in style, as well as in reading, and insensibly acquire a taste for accurate composition.—To imbue the tender mind with the love of virtue and goodness, is an especial object of the present work : and with this view the pieces have been Skrupulously selected; and, where necessary, purified from ejery word and sentiment that could offend the most delicate Liud.

As a work tending to season the minds of children with piety and virtue, and to improve them in reading, language, and sentiment, the Com-pi'ier hopes it will prove a suitable Introduction to the “Engʻlish Read'er,” and other publica tions of that nature; and also a proper book for those schools, in 'which, from their circumscribed plan of education, larger works of the kind cannot be admitted.

Advěr'tisement to the Second Eng’lish Edition. THE Compi'ler has added to this Edition more than twenty pages of matter, which he hopes will be found useful and interesting. He has also given to many of the pieces a new arrange'ment, calculated to render every part of the work more intelli-gi-ble and pleasing to young minds.

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