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“ Mr. Murray's English Grammar, English Exercises, and Abridgment of the Grammar, claim our attention, on account of their being coinposed on the principle we have fo frequently recommended, of combining religious and moral iniprovement with the elements of fei. entific knowledge. But as it is not a part of our plan, to enter into a particular examination of works of this nature, we shall only say, that they have long been in high eftimation."

The late learned Dr. Blair gave his opinion of them in the following terms. Mr. Lindley Murray's Grammar, with the Exer. • cises and the Key in a separate volume, 1 esteem as a most excellent

performance. Tihink it superior to any work of that nature we have 'yet had ; and am persuaded that it is, by much, the best Grammar of the English language extant. On Syntax, in particular, he has * Mown a wonderful degree of acuteness and precision, in afcertaining

the propriety of language, and in rectifying the numberless errors • which writers are apt to commit. Most useful these books must

certainly be to all who are applying themselves to the arts of com'pofition.”

Guardian of Education, July, 1803.

" This Grammar is a publication of much merit, and fully answers the professions in the title. The Appendix contains some of the best rules for writing elegantly, and with propriety, that we recollect to have seen."

Monthly Review, July, 1798. “We have been much pleased with the perusal of Mr. Murray's

English Exercises.” They occupy, with distinguished excellence, a most important place in che science of the English language; and, as fuch, we can warmly recommend them to the teachers of schools, as well as to all those who are delirous of attaining correctness and preGifion in their native tongue ,' Monthly Review, July, 1797.

" I his book (English Exercises) has been accidently miflaid : but we willingly repeat the praise we formerly gave the author for his English Grammar. There is great judgment Mown in these Exercises ; and, what is no common merit, the greatest perspicuity in the adaptation of the examples to the several rules."

British Critic, November, 1798. “ Thefe Exercises are in general well calculated to promote the purpose of information, not only with regard to orthography and punduation, but also in point of phraseology syntax, and precise perspicuity of composition."

Critical Review, October, 1797.

A FIRST BOOK FOR CHILDREN. " This very improved primer is intended to prepare the learner for the author's Englith Spelling-book; and is particularly deligned by him, to assist mothers, in the instruction of their young children - This little volume is entitled to our recommendation."

Monthly Review, April, 1806.

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AN ENGLISH SPELLING-Book. ** Mr. Murray has composed one of the best elementary books for Chidren, in the English language.” Critical Review, April, 1805.

“ We doubt not that, in process of time, this spelling-book will have as many admirers, as the author's grammar has already obtained.”

Imperial Review, October, 1804. “ We can safely recommend this spelling-book, as the best work of the kind which has lately fallen under our inspection."

Anti-jacobin Review, December, 1804. “We recommend to the public this most important little volume, as the only work with which we are acquainted, in the English lan. guage, for teaching children to read, written by a philosopher and a man of taste."

Literary Journal, November, 1804. “ This is a very neat and useful elementary brok. The scale of inItruction which the author has exhibited, is accurately graduated. The reading lessons are very appropriate, amusing, and useful. They are likewise ree from the faint of the prevailing irreligion. This author deserves much praise and encouragentent, for the pains he has taken in purifying books of inftruction: and the English Grammar, mentioned in the title of the present work, will establish his character as. a writer in this important department of literature.”

The Christian Observer, April, 1806. “ This little book is fingularly well adapted to anfwer the purpose for which it is intended, and must be, an acceptable present to the teachers of English Youth. Mr. Murray, who has already displayed great skill in the department of instruction, will acquire additional reputation from this manual. The rules for spellin and pronunciation are good, and the Lessons, Examples, and Exercises, are judiciously chosen. The book is entitled to our recommendation."

Monthly Review, April, 1806.

Besides the favourable characters of Mr. Murray's works, in

the different Reviews, the Proprietors of the copyrights have observed the strong recommendations of them, ven by a number of other respectable writers. From some of these authors, they have selected the following sentiments.

“ Mr. Murray's Grammar, and Selection of Leffons for reading are the best in the English language."

Walker's Elements of Elocution. Second edition. “ Since the first edition of our work, we have seen with pleasure, An English Grammar-English Exercises and a key to the English Exercifes, by Mr. Lindlcy Murray."

Edgeworib's Practical Education. Second edition. “ For a full and easy explanation of the Figures of Speech, the reader is referred to Mr. Lindley Murray's excellent English Grammar."

Edgezworth's Poetry Explained.

PART I.

PIECES IN PROSE.

CHAPTER I.

SELECT SENTENCES AND PARAGRAPHS.

SECTION

Diligence, industry, and proper improvement of

time, are material duties of the young.

The acquisition of knowledge is one of the most honourable occupations of youth.

Whatever useful or engaging endowments we possess, virtue is requisite, in order to their shining with proper lustre.

Virtuous youth gradually brings forward accomplished and flourishing manhood.

Sincerity and truth form the basis of every virtue.

In the first chapter, the Compiler has exhibited sentences in a great variety of construction, and in all the diversity of Punctuation. If well practised upon, he presumes they will fully prepare the young reader for the various pauses, inflections, and modulations of voice, which the succeeding pieces require. The Author's “ English Exercises," under the head of Punctuation, will afford the learner additional scope for improving himself, in reading sentences and paragraphs variously conAtruded.

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Disappointments and distress are often blessings in disguise.

Change and alteration form the very essence of the world.

True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise.

In order to acquire a capacity for happiness, it must be our first study to rectñfv inward disorders.

Whatever purifieb, fortifies also the heart.

From our eagerness to grasp, we strangle and destroy pleasure.

A temperate spirit, and moderate expectations, are excellent safeguards of the mind, in this uncertain and changing state,

There is nothing, except simplicity of intention, and purity of principle, that can stand the test of near approach and strict examination.

The value of any possession is to be chiefly estimate ed, by the relief which it can bring us in the time of our greatest need.

No person who has once yielded up the government of his mind, and given loose rein to his desires and passions, can tell how far they may carry him.

Tranquillity of mind is always most likely to be attained, when the business of the world is tempered with thoughtful and serious retreat.

He who would act like a wise man, and build his house on the rock, and not on the sand, should contemplate human life, not only in the sunshine, but in the shade.

Let usefulness and beneficence, not ostentation and vanity, direct the train of your pursuits.

To maintain a steady and unbroken mind, amidst all the shocks of the world, marks a great and noble spirit.

Patience, by preserving composure within, resists the impression which trouble makes from without.

Compassionate affections, even when they draw tears from our eyes for human misery, convey satisfaction to the heart.

They who have nothing to give, can often afford relief to others, by imparting what they feel.

Our ignorance of what is to come, and of what is really good or evil should correct anxiety about worldly success.

The veil which covers from our sight the events of succeeding' years, is a veil woven by the hand of mercy,

The best preparation for all the uncertainties of futurity, consists in a well-ordered mind, a good conscience, and a cheerful submission to the will of Hea.

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SECTION II.

The chief misfortunes that befall us in life, can be traced to some vices or follies which we have committed.

Were we to survey the chambers of sickness and distress, we should often find them peopled with the victims of intemperance and sensuality, and with the children of vicious indolence and sloth.

To be wise in our own eyes, to be wise in the opinion of the world, and to be wise in the sight of our Creator, are three things so very different, as rarely to coincide.

Man, in his highest earthly glory, is but a reed floating on the stream of time, and forced to follow every new direction of the current.

The corrupted temper, and the guilty passions of the bad, frustrate the effect of every advantage which the world confers on them.

The external misfortunes of life, disappointments, poverty, and sickness, are light in comparison of those inward distresses of mind, occasioned by folly, by passion, and by guilt.

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