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FEB 28 1942


District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty-first day of January, A. D. 1829, in the fifty-third yoar of the Independence of the United States of America, Richardson & Lord, and ș. G. Goodrich, of the said district, have deposited in this offico the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit:

“ Practical and Mental Arithmetic, on a New Plan, in which Mental Arithmetic is combined with tho Ise of the Slate; containing a complete System for all Practical Purposes ; being in Dollars and Cents. Stereotype Edition, revised and enlarged, with Exercises for the Slate. To which is added, a Practical System of Book-keeping. By Roswell C. Smith."

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, " An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times theroin mentioned ;” and also to an act, entitled, “ An Act supplementary to an act, entitled, An Act for the encourugement of learning, by securing the copics of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned; and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."

Olerk of the District of Massachusetts.

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SMITH'S PRODUCTIVE GHIMMAR.- This work is in very general circulation throughout the Umwer States, and is published by PERKINS, MARVIN, & Co., Boston ; MARSHALL BROWN, & Co., Providence ; MARSHALL, CLARKE, & Co., Philadelynia; TRUMÁN, SMITH & Co., Cincinnati ; and is for sale by all the principal Booksellers in the Union.


SMITH'S INTRODUCTORY ARITHMETIC, or The Lite te Federal Calculator, consisting of Questions and Tables, to employ the Mind and Fingers waly; designed particularly to go before the Slate, and to prepare for me

Published by CARTER HENDEE, & Co., Boston.

This little work, wherever it nas deet used, is highly spoken of. It has about 5000 questions, besides numerous Tabies being designed to embrace only what every beginner can learn, and should learn, before he uses the slate ; and is retailed at the very low price of 12 (énts.

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From the Jan. No. for 1828 of the Journal or Education. "A careful examination of this valuable work will show that its author has compiled it, as all books for school use ought to be compiled, from the results of actual experiment and observation in the school-room. It is ontirely a practical work, combining the merits of Colburn's system with copious practice on the slate.

Two circumstances enhance very much the value of this book. It is very comprehensive, containing twice the usual quantity of matter in works of this class; while, by judicious attention to arrangement and printing, it is rendered, perhaps, the cheapest book in this department of education. Tho brief system of Book-keeping, attached to the Arithmetic, will be a valuable aid to more complete instruction in common schools, to which the work is, in other respects, 80 pecnliarly adapted.

Hi There are several very valuable peculiarities in this work, for which wa cannot, in a notice, find sufficient space. We would recommend a careful examination of the book to all teachers who are desirous of combining good theory with copious and rigid practice."


"The books at present used in the schools are, in the opinion of your committee, altogether above the range of thought of the pupils. Works of a narrative character would be better understood, would be moro interesting, and would, of course, teach the pupil to read with more taste and judgment. The boy who pores, in utter disgust, over the book which he roads in schools, will hasten home to read with avidity his story-book. The true wisdom would then be to introduce the story-book into school, and thus render his place of education the pioca of his amusement.

* Nevertheless, as this subject is one in which time and judgment are pecessary for a selection, and as a change of this sort, through all the schoolswould be pruductive of considerable additional expense, your Committee would recommend that no change, at present, be made in books, excepting only the Arithmetic. If a school, by way of experiment, be established on the monita. rial plan, various school-books can be triod there, and, after a fair opportunity of testing the merits of several, those can be selected which seem besi adaptod to accomplish the purposes of education. Your Committee are, however, of opinion, that it would be expedient to introduce the system of Arithmétio published by Mr. Smith {subsequently adopted] into all the Public Grammar Schools ; and, also, that all the scholars in arithmetic be taught by classes, and act individually, as is now the prevalent mode,"

The above Report was signed by the following named gentlemen:-
Rev. F. WAYLAND), Jr., D. D., Pres. Brown Univ., (Chairman.)

Dated April 24, 1828.

This work is recommended by the State Commissioners of Vermont to be adopted throughout that state. It is likewise introduced into the public and private schools of Hartford, Conn., by the concurrence both of committees and teachers, and in like manner in various siner places.



“The utility, and even necessity, of a work of this description, will scarcely be questioned by those who have had any experience in teaching Arithmetic. Most young persons, after having been persuaded, again and again, to review a long arithmetical process, feel, or affect to feel, certain that they have performed it correctly, although the result, by the book, is erroneous. They then apply to their instructer; and, unless lie points out their mistake, or performs the operation for them, they become discouraged, think it useless ‘10 try' longer, and the foundation for a habit of idleness is thus imperceptibly established. Now, in a large school, it is always inconvenient, and sometimes impossible, for the instructer to devote the time necessary to overlook or perform a very simple, much more a complex, question in Arithmetic. This is at once obviated by having at hand a Key, to which reference can be easily and speedily made. The time of the teacher will thus be saved, and the pupil will not have his ardor damped by being told that his sum is wrong,' without learning where or how.

« This work is not designed for, and can scarcely become, a help to laziness: its object is to lighten the burden of teachers, and facilitate the progress

of scholars. To promote botn of these important purposes it is now presented to the public.

" January, 1834."

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