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ADAPTED TO THE
DIFFERENT CLASSES OF LEARNERS.
RULES AND OBSERVATIONS,
FOR ASSISTING THE MORE ADVANCED STUDENTS TO
WRITE WITH PERSPICUITY AND ACCURACT.
They who are learning to compose and arrange their sentences
BY LINDLEY MURRAY,
FROM THE SIXTEENTH ENGLISH EDITION, IMPROVED
BY THE AUTHOR.
PRINTED AND SOLD BY COLLINS AND PERKINS,
NO. 189, PEARL-STREET,
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 claimed by the parties concerned, to secure to themselves an emolument arising from an exclusive sale. One edition of the Abridged Grammar, has been published by a teacher, at Boston, shortened, because it was conceived by him to have been before too long. Another has been published by a teacher at Philadelphia, somewhat enlarged, because he confidered it before too floort. 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 difsents from that printed at Worcester, even fpecifying 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 manifeft fuperiority of his, over every other American edition of Murray's Abridgment, must ensure to it a decided preference wherever it can be obtained.” !!
It will amuse many to be inade acquainted with the ingenious expedients used by some of the authors of these mutilated editions to give them importarce. The editor of the Philadelphia edition, though perhaps the least valuable of the whole, in recommendation of his performance, addresses the public thuş :
“ The very rapit 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 sold, 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 " extensive circulation"!!