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CALCULATED TO ENABLL PRIVATE LEARNERS
TO BECOME THEIR OWN INSTRUCTERS,
IN GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION.
BY THE AUTHOR OF THE EXERCISES.
FROM THE TWELFTH LONDON EDITION
NO. 189, PEARL-STREET.
Ille finiftrorfum, bic dextrorfum, unus utrique
ERROR, sed variis illudit partibus omnes. Hor. In justice, however, to some of the friends of the editor of the Philadelphia edition, who gave him written recommendations of it for the newspapers, it should be mentioned that they have since honourably laid that book aside, and adopted the genuine grammar of Murray.
In consequence of the merits of the Grammar, as it came, in purity, from the pen of the author, about fifty thousand copies of the Abridgment, and thirty-five thousand of the Large Grammar, are sold annually. The former, in the short period of eleven years, has palle through twenty-one editions in England, and perhaps twice that number in America. The latter, twenty editions in England, and about thirty in America. Murray's Grammar is adopted in nearly all the Colleges and other Seminaries of education, in both countries, as the STANDARD. Every English Critic and Reviewer, who has mentioned it, has represented it as the best extant. The celebrated Dr. Blair, and Walker, the Lexicographer, (a very “ experienced teacher") are among those who have the most warmly recommended it. Is it a light matter for American teachers to alter fuch a work?
Indeed the fact should not, in this place, be withheld from the public that the whole of the above mutilated editions have been seen and examined by LINDLEY MURRAY himself, and that they have met with his decided disapprobation. Every rational mind will agree with him, that “ the rights of living authors, and the interests of Science and Literature, demand the abolition of this ungenerous practice ;" for surely it is not a small evil that an elementary work which has met with universal approbation, passed through twenty-eight editions, been adopted as the standard in our Colleges, which has cost the author years of reflection to bring into system and order, and to make correct and harmonious in all its parts, should be deranged, mutilated and distorted by the crude and hasty variations and additions of an interested editor.
As some of the editors above alluded to, have endeavoured to justify themselves by asserting that even LINDLEY MURRAY approved of their different alterations, and have heaped on the advertisers much abuse for exposing their contradictions, &c. there shall be adduced at this time an extract of a letter from Lindley Murray, which will perhaps induce them to be more cautious in charging C. & Co. with®“ vindictive calumny” in future.
“ I am much indebted to Collins Egy Co. for the neat and correct nianner in which they reprint my publications; and for their care and exertions to exhibit the books AS THEY WERE PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR, and especially with his latest improvements. I shall make it a point to communicate to them from time to time, and as early as possible, copies of all the new and improved editions of the books. It affords me a peculiar gratification to perceive that my publications are so extensively diffused over my native country.”