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Books published by, and printed for C. Dilly. I. In One Vol. 12mo. illustrated with Plates,

Price 4s. bound, THE SEQUEL TO MENTORIA; Or, THE YOUNG LADIES'INSTRUCTOR: in fa. miliar Conversations, on a Variety of interest. ing Subjects; in which are introduced, Lec. tures on Astronomy and Natural Philosophy, expressed in Terms suited to the Comprehenfion of JUVENILE READERS; principally intended to inspire juft Conceptions of the Deity, from the Contemplation of the general System of the Universe. "By Ann MURRY.

Also, by the fame Author, Price 3s. The Ninth Edition of MENTORIA; or, The

Young Ladies' Instructor. To which is ad

ded, A Compendium of English Grammar. II. Neatly printed in 12mo. Price 25. 6d. bd. the Second Edition, illustrated with Plates,

THE STUDY OF ASTRONOMY, adapt. ed to the Capacities of Youth ; in Twelve familiar Dialogues between a Tutor and his Pupils : explaining the general Phänomena of the lieavenly Bodies, the Theory of the Tides, &c.

By JOHN STEVMAN. III. Lately published, for the Use of Schools, Price gs. bound, in One large Volume 12mo.

illustrated with a Frontispiece, STUDIES OF NATURE, by M. De St. PIERRE, carefully and copiously abridged from the Translation of HENRY HUNTER, D.D.

Allo, a NEW EDITION of the Complete Work, with GREAT ADDITIONS, in Three large Vols. 8vo. Price 1l. 75. in boards.

The New Matter is printed in a feparate Volume, to accommodate the Purchalers of the first Edition.

THE PREFACE.

Tgl Education is now pretty

well understood ; and it is generally acknowledged, that not only for Ladies, but for young Gentlemen designed merely for Trade, an intimate Acquaintance with the Properties and Beauties of the English Tongue would be a very desirable and necessary Attainment; far preferable to a Smattering of the learned Languages.

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But then, it has been supposed, even by Men of Learning, that the English Tongue is too vague and untractable to be reduced to any

certain Standard, or Rules of Conftruétion ; and that a competent Knowledge of it cannot be attained without an Acquaintance with the Latin.

For my Part, I hope these Gentlemen are mistaken, becaule this would be an invinci. ble Obstacle to the Progress of an English Education.

This vulgar Error, for so I beg Leave to call it, might perhaps arise from a too parcial Fondness for the Latin; in which, about two Centuries ago, we had the Service of the Church, the Translation of the Bible, and most other Books ; few, of any Value, being then extant in our Mother Tongue,

But now the Case is happily altered. Nor do I think the Error above-mentioned would have been so long indulged under the Blessings of the Reformation, had it not been for the many fruitless Attempts which have been made to fix the Grammatical Construction of the English Tongue.

Many Gentlemen, who have written on this Subject, have too inconsiderately adopted various Distinctions of the learned Languages, which have no Exiftence in our own : Many, on the other Hand, convinced of this Impropriety, have been too brief, or, at least too general, in their Definitions and Rules, running

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