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CAUTION, BY THE AMERICAN PUBLISHERS.
AS the correspondents of LINDLEY MURRAY, and publishers of his various works, COLLINS & Perkins think it necessary to apprise the public, that several editions of the Grammar have been printed in different parts of the United States, with alterations of the original text, for which copy rights have been clainied by the parties concerned, to secure to themselves an emolument arising from an exclusive fale. One edition of the Abridged Grammar, has been published by a teacher, at Boston, shortened, because it was conceived by bim to have been before too long. Another has been published by a teacher at Philadelphia, somewhat enlarged, because be considered it before too short. A third has been published at Worcester, by a teacher, who, thinking it to be neither too short nor too long, has introduced a “ New System of Punctuation" only. A fourth has been published at Hartford, also enlarged, but with totally different motives from the edition of Philadelphia. It also diffents from that printed at Worcester, even specifying in its title page, that it contains “ Murray's Treatise on Punctuation at large." Although altered with such contradictory views, each claims a preference, each claims a copy right, and each claims a profit. The publisher of one of the altered editions (that at Philadelphia) announces, that “the manifest fuperiority of his, over every
other American edition of Murray's Abridgment, must ensure to ir a decided preference wherever it can be obtained.” !!
It will amuse many to be made acquainted with the ingenious expedients used by some of the authors of these mutilated editions to give them importance. The editor of the Philadelphia edition, though perhaps the least valuable of the whole, in recommendation of his performance, addresses the public thus:
“ The very rapid sale of the former edition of this book, and its extensive circulation throughout the continent, now induce me to pubLifh a second.”
This former edition," it is necessary to remark, consisted of one thousand copies, which aided by a series of newspaper advertisements, were pushed off in eighteen months, that period having elapsed between the appearance of the first and the second edition. of the REAL Murray's Abridgment, or that made by LINDLEY MurRAY himself, there have been fold, during the same period, in the cities of New-York and Philadelphia alone, not less than twenty thousand. The present advertisers have themselves published eight thousand, and it is not pretended that their editions have been circulated “ THROUGHOUT THE CONTINENT.” Not a copy has
probably ever reached Cape Horne, Baffin's Bay, nor Nootka Sound, * throughout” all which places, it should seem that the production of the fingular Grammarian of Philadelphia has had an * extenfive circulation" !!
The same editor, with fingular acuteness, urges his superiority over LINDLEY MURRAY because, forsooth! he (the editor) is an “experienced teacher.” Murray, he avers, “cannot be fo well acquainted" &c. &c. It does not appear to have occurred to him that three equally, or perhaps more “experienced teachers," as we have had occasion to see, totally differ from him, have altered the work for reasons directly opposite, have all had perhaps quite as much of the support and recommendations” of particular friends, and have all, no doubt, thought themselves entitled to receive as large a pecuniary compensation for their “ improvements."!!!
Ille finiftrorsum, hic dextrorfum, unus utrique
ERROR, sed variis illudit partibus omnes. Hor. In consequence of the merits of the Grammar, as it canie, in purity, from the pen of the author, about fifty thousand copies of the Abridg. ment, and thirty-five thousand of the Large Grammar, are fold annually. The former, in the short period of eleven years, has passed through twenty-one editions in England, and perhaps twice that number in America. The latter, fixteen editions in England, and twenty-eight in America. Murray's Grammar is adopted in nearly all the Colleges and other Seminaries of education, in both countries, as the stANDARD. Every English Critic and Reviewer, who has inentioned it, has represented it as the best extant. The celebrated Dr. Blair, and WALKER, the Lexicographer, (a very“experienced tracber") are among those who have the most warmly recommended it.--Is it a light matter for American teachers to alter such a work?
Indeed the fact should not, in this place, be withheld from the public that the whole of the above mutilated editions have been seen and examined by LINDLEY MURRAY himself, and that they have met with his decided disapprobation. Every rational mind will agree with him, that “the rights of living authors, and the interests of Science and Literature demand the abolition of this ungenerous practice;" for surely it is not a small evil chat an elementary work which has met with universal approbation, passed through twentyeight editions, been adopted as the standard in our Colleges, which has cost the author years of reflection to bring into system and order, and to make correct and harmonious in all its parts, should be deranged, mutilated and distorted by the crude and hafty variations and additions of an interested editor.
As some of the editors above alluded to, have endeavoured to justify themselves by asserting that even LINDLEY MURRAY approved of their different alterations, and have heaped on the advertisers much abuse for exposing their contradictions, &c. there shall be adduced at this tinie an extract of a letter from Lindley Murray, which will perhaps enduce them to be more cautious in charging C. & P. with " vindidive calumny" in future.
“ I am much indebted to Collins & Perkins for the neat and correct manner in which they reprint my publications; and for their care and exertions to exhibit the books AS THEY WERE PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR, and especially with his latest improvements. I shall make it a point to communicate to them, from time to time, and as early as possible, copies of all the new and improved editions of the
books. It affords me a peculiar gratification to perceive, that my publications are so extensively diffused over my native country."
COLLINS & PERKINS think it due to the author of this very valuable Grammar, as well as to the cause of literature in general, to make known that, although they are at all times enabled to supply the latest American editions of the real Murray's Grammar, yet they are indisposed to monopolize the profits arising from the sale of a book, whose author would himself never receive any; and that they will therefore, with readiness, as they have done heretofore, furnish the latest London editions, which they regularly receive from the author, to any respectable printers residing in other parts of the United States, who will only engage to print them handsomely and correctly.
The following is a list of COLLINS & PERKINS’s
editions of Murray's works, with their prices at ' retail, and by the dozen.
Wbolesale Retail. per Doz.
Cents. Dols. Cts. 1. First Book for Children, from 4th Eng. edit. 9
75 2. An English Spelling-Book, sth do.
25 3. An English Grammar,
16th do. 75 7 4. Eng. Exercises to the Grammar, 12th do. 62 6 5. A Key to the English Exercises, Ioth do. 621 6 6. An Abridgment of the Gramniar, 20th do. 25 7. Introduction to the Eng. Reader,
5th do. 621 6 8. The English Reader,
9 9. Sequel to the English Reader, zd do. 871 9 10. Introduction au Lecteur François,
9 11. Lecteur François,
25 50 12. The Power of Religion on the Mind, 13th do. I
The Proprietors of Lindley Murray's works, think it is no fmail recommendation of them, that the whole of shefe valuable publications, from “ The First Book for Children,” to the “ Power of Religion on the Mind," may be properly considered, as forming a little code of important elementary instruction. They are ftri&ly subfervient to one another, and most intimately connected. Their peculiar and acknowledged excellence is, that in every part of them, the purest principles of piety and virtue, are happily blended with the elements of literature. They may, therefore, with the greatest confidence, be put into the hands of young persóns, as books which (to use the language of a Reviewer respecting them) “ will eminently conduce to pure religion and morality, and to the acquisition of a correct and elegant style."
The following are a few of the numerous recommen:
dations of MURRAY'S GRAMMAR, which have appeared in the works of different Authors.
Extracts from the Reviews will be seen at the end of the book. “ Mr. Murray's Grammar, and Selection of lessons 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 plcasures an English Grammar-English Exercises and a Key to the English Exercises, by Mr. Lindley Murray."
Edgeworth's Practical Education. Second edition. “ Murray's English Grammar. This is the most complete gram mar of our language. Our opinion is confirmed by that of the public, as this work now appears in the Fourteenth edition.
Kett's Elements of General Knowledge. Sixth edition. “ Murray's Grammar, together with the English Exercises and Key, have nearly superseded every thing else of the kind,
by concentrating the remarks of the best authors on the subject. They are pieces of inestimable utility."
Evan's Elay an the Education of Youtb. « The best English Grammar now extant, is that written by Mr. Lindley Murray; who by this publication, and by several others connected with it, and designed as auxiliaries to its principal purpose, has become entitled to the gratitude of every friend to English literature, and to true virtue.
Dr. Miller's Retrospect of the Eighteenth Century. “ By Grammar you have been taught the nature, power, and construction of the English language ; and that, not in a superficial manner, but by the most comprehenfive fyftem now extant, the larger Grammar of Mr. Lindley Murray; in which the delicacies, Tefinements, and peculiarities of our language, are inculcated and exemplified.”—The unwearied exertions of this gentleman have done more towards elucidating the obscurities, and embellishing the structure, of our language, than any other writter on the subject. Such a work has long been wanted; and, from the success with which it is executed, cannot be too highly appreciated."
Dr. Abercrombie's Charges to the Senior Class of the
Philadelphia Academy, -published 1804 and 1806. “ I need not acquaint the public, with the merit and success of Lindley Murray's Grammar; which seems to have superseded every other. Indeed, when we consider the plain simple mode of instruction he has adopted ; the extent of observation he has displayed; and the copious variety of illustration he has added ; we shall not wonder, that this Grammar has been so universally applauded."
Walker's Outlines of English Grammar.