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THE following school book hardly requires a preface, as the Title page appears to express that it is to be regarded as only one among many other useful books, supplying however more immediately than they, the wants of the particular School, by whose masters it is compiled, by which word furthermore it must be understood that so far as matter is concerned, little or no claim is laid to originality. If any such claim can be maintained, it can be only on the ground of form. In Part IV. fairness requires an acknowledgment of the use that has been made of Archbishop Trench's "English Past and Present," of Dean Alford's "Queen's English" and of Higginson's "English Grammar."

No attempt is made at a systematic course of English Grammar, as the use is pre-supposed of the Latin Grammar, as the aptest means for teaching the general principles of all

Grammar. The object ofthis Primer is to secure throughout a large school a certain amount of useful knowledge under four important heads being learned by heart and engrained on the memory by frequent repetition. Masters of Forms will regard the facts of the Primer as merely points from which to open out into more copious instruction by word of mouth. A dry text book well learned by heart, with a teacher at hand to quicken its facts by lively illustration or well applied explanation, often promotes school purposes better than fuller treatises, whose very merits make the master pause before he ventures to add to them, or lull him into an indolent confidence that his scholars need nothing better; whereas young boys seldom learn more rapidly or more pleasantly than from the oral teaching of an animated master who knows his work, and understands his class. It is hoped that the present book thus used will tend to enlarge the young boy's stock of information, while the compendious form in which so much fact is brought within the cover of one small volume ought somewhat to diminish his father's book bills.



November, 1866.




"Ye are to take care that this Child be brought to the Bishop to be confirmed by him so soon as he can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments in the Vulgar Tongue, and be further instructed in the Church Catechism set forth for that purpose." Public Baptism of Infants.



1. I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and earth:

2. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin


4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and


5. He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from

the dead,

6. He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

7. From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. 8. I believe in the Holy Ghost;

9. The Holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints ; 10. The Forgiveness of sins;

11. The Resurrection of the Body,

12. And the life everlasting. Amen.


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