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IN WHIOH THE PRINCIPLES OF THE ART ARE DEVELOPED IN OONNECTION
WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF
FULL DIRECTIONS ON THE SUBJECT OF PUNCTUATION;
WITH COPIOUS EXERCISES.
BY G. P. QUACKENBOS, A.M.,
IN COMPOSITION," "ADVANCED COURSE OF COMPOSITION
OF THE UNITED STATES," ETC.
ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-NINTH THOUSAND,
443 & 445 BROADWAY.
A SERIES OF PRACTICAL LESSONS ON THE ORIGIN, HISTORY, AND PECULIARI
TIES OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, PUNCTUATION, TASTE, THE PLEASURES
Illustrated School History
ACCOUNT OF THE ABORIGINES, BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES OF DISTINGUISHED
A Natural Philosophy :
EMBRACING THE MOST RECENT DISCOVERIES IN THE VARIOUS BRANCHES OF
Physics, AND EXHIBITING THE APPLICATION OF SCIENTIFIO PRINCIPLES IN
ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851
By G. P. QUACKENBOS,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the
Southern District of Now York.
A COUNTY superintendent of common schools, speaking of the important branch of composition, in a communication bearing date July 27, 1844, uses the following language: “ For a long time I have noticed with regret the almost entire neglect of the art of original composition in our common schools, and the want of a proper text-book upon this essential branch of education. Hundreds graduate from our common schools with no well-defined ideas of the construction of our language.” The writer might have gone further, and said that multitudes graduate, not only from common schools, but from some of our best private institutions, utterly destitute of all practical acquaintance with the subject; that to many such the composition of a simple letter is an irksome, to some an almost impossible, task. Yet the reflecting mind must admit that it is only this practical application of grammar that renders that art useful—that parsing is secondary to coinposing, and the analysis of our language almost unimportant when compared with its synthesis.
One great reason of the neglect noticed above, has, no doubt, been the want of a suitable text-book on the subject. During the years of the author's experience as a teacher, he has examined, and practically tested the various works ou