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ENGLISH READER:

OR,
ELEGANT SELECTIONS

IN PROSE AND POETRY.

Designed
TO IMPROVE
THE HIGHEST CLASS OF LEARNERS, IN READING

TO ESTABLISH

A TASTE FOR JUST AND ACCURATE COMPOSITION ',

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THE INTERESTS OF PIETT AND VIRTUE.

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FROM THK FOURTH ENGLISH EDITION.
ENLARGED AND IMPROVED.

'NEW-YORK:

PRINTED AND SOLD BY COLLINS <fe CO-
NO. 189, PEARL-STREET.

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3m •"txperiencei teacher." Murray, he avers, "cannot lie u •well acquainted," &c. &c. It does not appear to have occurred to him that three equally, or perhaps more "experienced teaehers," as we have hud occafion to fee, totally, differ from him, have altered the work for reafons direDly offofitc, have all had perhaps quite as much of the fupport and "recommendations" of particular friends, and have all, no doubt, thought themfelves entitled to receive as large a pecuniary computation for their "improvements."!!!

Ille Jifiijlrnrfum, bie dextrorfum, unut vtrique
Error, fed variis illudit partibus omnei. Hor.

In juftice, however, to fome of the friends of the editor of tht Philadelphia edition, who gave him written recommendatious of it for the newipapers, it mould be mentioned, that they have rinee honourably laid that book atide, and .adopted the genuine grammar of Murray.

In confequence of the merit of the Grammar, as it tame, in purity, from the pen of the author, about fifty thoufand copiesof the Abridgment, and thirty-five thoufand of the Large Grammar, are sold annually. The former, in the fhort period of eleven years, has palled 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 coun tries, as the Standard Every Engliih Critic and Reviewer, who has mentioned it, has reprefented it as the beft extant The celebrated Dr. Blaik, and Walker, the Lexicographer, (a very "experienced teacher") are among thofe who have the rooft warmly re • commended it—Is it a light matter for American teacben to alter fuch a work?

Indeed the fact mould not, in this place, be withheld from the public, that the whole of the above mutilated editions have been feen and examined by Lindlet Murrav himfelf, and that they have met with his decided difapprobatipn. Every rational mind will agree with him, that "the rights of living authors, and the intereft of Science and Literature, demand the abolition of this ungenerous practice ;" for furely it is not a final] evil that an elementary work which has met with univerfal approbation, paired through twenty-eight editions, been adopted as the ftandard in our Colleges, which has coft the author years of reflection to bring into fyftem and order, and to make correct and harmonious in all 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 juftify themfelves by aflerting that even Lisdlev Mcrrat approved of their different alterations, and have heaped on the advertifers much abufe for expofing their contradictions, &c. there lhall be adduced at this time an extract of 3 letter from Lindlcy Murray, which will perhaps induce them to be more cautious in charging C. & Co. with "vindictive calumny" in future.

"1 ara much indebted to Callini & Co, for the neat and correct . manner in which they reprint my publications ; and for their care sad exertions to exhibit the boots As Thet Were

By Thf Author, and efpecially with His lateft improvements.

1 {hall 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

•f the books. Jt affords me a peculiar gratification to perceive

that my publications arc so extensively diffufed over my native

Country."

COLLINS & Co. think it due to the author of this very valuable Grammar, as well as to the caufe of literature in general, to make known that, although they are at all times enabled to fupply the Jateft American editions of the real Murray's Grammar, yet they are indifpofed to monopolize the profits arifing from the fale of a book, whofe author would himfelf never receive any; and that they will therefore, with readinefs, as they have done heretofore, furnifh the lateft London editions, which they regularly receive from the author, to any refpeftable printers, rending in other parts of the United States, who will only engage to print them nandfomely and correctly.

The following is a list of COLLINS & Co?s editions of Murray's works, with their prices at retail, and by the dozen.

Wtolesale. Retail, per Do*. Ctntt. Dolt. Ctt.

t. Firft Book for Children, 6 50

». An Englifh Spelling-Book, Sternlyfe Edition, aj i OO

3. An Englilh Gram, together with the Exercifes

and Key, 2 vols. 8vo. . 4 OO

4. An Er.g. Grammar, Stereotype Edition, 75 7 50

5. Eng. Exercifes to the Grammar, 62^ 6 OO

6. A Key to the EnglHh Exercifes, 6z{ 6 OO

7. An Abridgment of the Grammar, Stereo. Edition, to a oo

8. Introduction to the Eng. Reader, Stereo. Edition, 37$ 3 75

9. The Englifh Reader, Utereo. Edition, 75 7 .50

10. Sequel to the Englifh Reader, 8?| 9 oo

11. Introduction au Lefleur Francois, 87^ 9 CO

12. Lecteur Francois, I 25 12 oo

13. The i'ower of Religion on the Mind, 1 oo 10 oq •„* The Proprietors of Lindley Murray's works, think it is

no fmall recommendation of them, that the whole of thefe valuable publications, from " The Firft Book for Children," to " the Power of Religion on the Mind," may be properly confidtred, as forming a little code of important elementary inftruflion. They are ftricliy fubfervient to one another, and moft intimately connedtep1. Their peculiar and acknowledged excellence is, that in every part of them, the pureft principles of piety and virtue, are happily blended with the elements of literature. They may, therefore, with the greateft confidence, be put into the hands of young perfons, as books which (to ufe the language of a Reviewer refpecting them) "will eminently conduce to pure religion and morahty, and to the acquifition of a correct and elegant ftyle."

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