Institutes of Latin Grammar
Excerpt from Institutes of Latin Grammar
The Latin Grammars commonly used in schools are so well established, and, in general, so deservedly approved, that any attempt to supersede them would justly be thought to savour of temerity or presumption. A new Latin grammar on a small scale could not be. essentially different from most of them; and one upon a more extended plan would not be calculated for the purpose of initiation, to which they are chiefly adapted.
It has, however, been a prevailing sentiment among teachers of Latin, that, notwithstanding the acknowledged utility of our common grammars as initiatory books, something is still wanting to facilitate the improvement of the more advanced student Ruddiman's larger grammar, a work supplementary to the Rudiments, though truly a valuable production, is defective in several particulars. These deficiencies are partly supplied in his largest grammar; but the last is now difficult to be procured, and it treats merely of Etymology and Syntax. - To furnish, therefore, a grammar, which shall combine a more minute and correct detail of the mere elements, than is to be found in our common grammars, with an ample elucidation of the higher and more difficult principles, has been the writer's leading object in the present work.
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