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ON

ENGLISH GRAMMAR;

EXPLAINING THE

PRINCIPLES AND RULES OF THE LANGUAGE,

ILLUSTRATED BY

APPROPRIATE EXERCISES;

ABRIDGED, AND ADAPTED TO THE USE OF SCHOOLS.

BY CHARLES M. INGERSOLL.

"There is no other method of teaching that of which any oue is ignorant, than
by means of something already known."-Dr. Johnsan.

FIFTH EDITION.

PHILADELPHIA:

PUBLISHED AND SOLD BY URIAH HUNT,

No. 147, MARKET STREET.

J. H. Cunningham, printer.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW-YORK, ss.

E IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty-seventh day of April,

America, Charles M. Ingersoll, of the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as author and proprietor, in the words following, to wit:

"Conversations on English Grammar; explaining the Principles and Rules of the Language, illustrated by Appropriate Exercises; Abridged, and adapted to the Use of Schools. By Charles M. Ingersoll. There is no other method of teaching that of which any one is ignorant, than by means of something already known.'-Dr. Johnson." 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 time therein mentioned." And also to an Act, entitled "An Act, supplementary to an Act, 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 therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints." G. L. THOMPSON, Clerk of the Southern District of New-York.

RECOMMENDATIONS.

The following remarks by Mr. Walsh are taken from "The National Gazette" of the 7th Sept. 1821.

Our avocations prevented us from examining, until lately, 'The Conversations on English Grammar,' &c. by Charles M. Ingersoll; a work which was published not long since at New York. It appears to us to be superior in the plan and execution, as regards the purpose for which it is mainly designed,—the use of schools,—to any elementary treatise of English Grammar with which we are acquainted. He has chosen the happiest form and the most efficacious mode of instruction; and would seem, from the sound general views presented in his well written Preface, to have studied, with the greatest care, the kind and degree of assistance which the youthful mind requires in the pursuit of abstract knowledge. In his Conversations,' the nature, principles, and rules of English Grammar are so unfolded, progressively, that the learner is assisted by each step in every further advance, and all the preliminary ideas necessary to the comprehension of any particular topic, are fixed in his mind as far as is practicable.

"Mr. Ingersoll has, without question, administered important helps, in this volume, to such as are sufficiently ripe in understanding to master the subject. The work is a valuable accession to the list of school manuals, and may be profitably consulted by adults in every liberal walk of life."

We, the undersigned, teachers in the city of Baltimore, having examined "Conversations on English Grammar," by Charles M. Ingersoll, and introduced it into our respective schools, beg leave to recommend this work to the attention of parents and teachers, as one, which, in our opinion, offers many advantages to the learner, and to the teacher, not to be found in any other. Indeed, so fully are we convinced of this fact that we deem it our duty to say publicly, that we believe pupils who use this grammar, will acquire a better knowledge of the subject in two months by studying two hours in a day, than is ordinarily obtained in a year.

JAMES F. GOULD,
WM. MOODY,
A. B. CLEVELAND.

Many eminent teachers in New York have introduced this book into their schools. The following recommendations exhibit the opinions of some of them.

"To Charles M. Ingersoll, Esq.

'

"Dear Sir-I congratulate you and every friend of teaching, on the production of your Conversations on English Grammar :' such a work was greatly wanted to render the acquisition of Grammar easy and

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