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ALBANY:
PUBLISHED AT THE COMMON SCHOOL DEPOSITORY,

NO. 71 STATE-STREET.

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PREFACE.

To be able to compose with ease and accuracy, is an attainment of the highest importance. It was for the purpose of facilitating this object, that the present Catechism was drawn up. How far it may contribute to this end, it is for those who make trial of it to judge; but no pains have been spared to give it all the simplicity and interest that a production so elementary can admit. All the leading facts and principles connected with the subject, have been studiously collected, and presented in as regular and succinct a form, as could well be done within such limits. It is hoped it will prove a useful manual to such persons as have gained a knowledge of English Grammar, but wish still farther to extend their acquaintance with language, and to give effect to their previous attainments by trying their skill in Composition. The work is peculiarly well adapted to the use of academies and common schools, and is one of the series of Useful School Books.'

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