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Mr. MATTHEWS spoke as follows:
Early this month Mr. Brigham sent me this pamphlet which, he wrote, “seems to have been hitherto unnoticed by bibliographers,” and asked, “Does a reading of it convince you that it is an American production?” He added that a short search had not revealed the name of the author. Though not important in itself, the pamphlet is of interest as being, so far as is known, the second book on the subject to be published in this country. An examination of the pamphlet indicates, though it does not prove, that it was written in this country, and if so, it is a natural presumption that the author was some one living in Boston or its neighborhood. The only clue lies in the dedication, which reads as follows:
To my Dear Brother
Mr. William Scott,
of Edinburgh. DEAR BROTHER, T RECEIVED last Fall the Latin, English and French Grammar that 1 you have composed, and sent to me: I thank you heartily for that Present that I have Read with pleasure; and which is indeed excellent in it's Kind. in ink, “Elias Nason's from Chas. Whipple 1847 — Made similar observations to my Class in 1847.”
1 The first was Thomas Blair's Some Short and Easy Rules Teaching The true Pronunciation of the French Language, the colophon of which reads, “Boston: Printed by S. Kneeland, MDCCXX.”
2 There are allusions to America (p. 1), to the East and West Indies (p. 11), and to the New and Old World (p. 11).
8 This William Scott was Regent of the University of Edinburgh in 1695; was made Professor of Greek on June 16, 1708; became Professor of Moral Philosophy on February 26, 1729; and died in 1735. “AUG. . . . 9. Mr. William Scot, late Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of Edinburgh” (Gentleman's Magazine, August, 1735, v. 500). His son, called William Scott Secundus, became Professor of Greek on February 26, 1729, and died the following December. “Dec. ... 29. ... Dy'd Mr. William Scot, Greek-Professor at the University of Edinburgh" (Historical Register, 1730, xv, Chronological Diary, p. 4). See Sir A. Grant's Story of the University of Edinburgh (1884), i. 233, 239, 242, 260262, ii. 322–323, 336; Catalogue of the Graduates of the University of Edinburgh (1854), pp. xii. xv, xyi. Curiously enough in the Catalogue (p. xvi) it is the son, instead of the father, who is stated to have been made Professor of Moral Philosophy on February 26, 1729.
* This work is apparently not in Watt, Lowndes, or the British Museum Catalogue.