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INTRODUCTION

TO

SPELLING AND READING,

IN TWO VOLUMES.

BEING THE

FIRST AND SECOND PARTS

OF A

COLUMBIAN EXERCISE.

THE WHOLE COMPRISING

An Easy and Systematical Method

OF TEACHING AND OF LEARNING

THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

BY ABNER ALDEN, A. M.

VOL. I.

CONTAINING

A SELECTION OF WORDS

IN COMMON USE,

ARRANGED AND DIVIDED IN SUCH A MANNER, AS WILL LEAD

THE LEARNER TO A RIGHT PRONUNCIATION.

TOGETHER WITH
A VARIETY OF LESSONS FOR READING.

Sixth Edition.

PUBLISHED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS.

BOSTON:
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY JAMES LORING
Sold, Wholesale and Retail, at his Book-Store,

No. 2, CORNAILL.

May, 1824

KARVARD IVERSITY LIBRARY

RECOMMENDATIONS.

HAVING examined an INTRODUCTION TO SPELLING AND READING, in two volumes, published by Mr. ABNER ALDEN, we are of opinion, that it is a work of great merit, it being remarkably plain and easy, as well as systematick and complete : We do, therefore, recommend it, as a book excellently well calcula. ted to lead children and others into a knowledge of the Orthography and Pronunciation of the English Language.

Subscribed by the following Gentlemen. Hon. JABEZ BOWEN, LL. D.

Hon. SAMUEL EDDY, LL. D. Hon. DAVID HOWELL, LL. D.

Col. GEORGE R. BURRILL. Hon. THEODORE FOSTER, Esq. Hon. JAMES BURRILL, Esq. Hon. BENJAMIN BOURN, LL. D. Hon, GEORGE LEONARD, Esq. Rev. ENOS HITCHCOCK, D. D. Hon. ZEPHANIAH LEONARD, Esq. Rev. JONATHAN MAXCY, D.D. Hon. WILLIAM BIYLIES, Esq. BENJ. WEST, LL. D. A. A. S.

Hon. DAVID COBB, Esq. Rev. ASA MESSER, D.D. LL. D. Hon SETH PADELFORD, LL. D. Rev. OTIS THOMPSON, A. M.

Hon. SAMUEL FALES, Esq. Rev. ELISHA FISI, A. M.

Hon. LABANWHEATON, Esq. Rev. JEREMIAH CHAPLIN, A. M. Rev. ZEDEKIAH SANGER, D.D. Hon. DAVID L. BARNES, Esq. Hon. WILLIAM HUNTER, Esq.

Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Perez Fobes, LL. D.

A. A. S. to the Author.

RAYNHAM, June 16, 1798. Dear Sir,

HAVING attentively perused your INTRODUCTION TO SPELLING AND READING, I am happy to find that it consists of a proper Selection, a natural Division, and a systematical Ar. rangement of the words which compose our language. The utility of Classification is acknowledged in every Science; but in none, perhaps, is it more conspicuous, than in the Botanical system of Linnæus ; in which, if artificial arrangement has performed won. ders, in facilitating the knowledge of Plants, wby may it not in facilitating the knowledge of Words ? Especially, u hen it is considered that the apparent anomalies of the former, are the result of infinite wisdom and design, while those of the latter are the effects of accident and ignorance, more than of art or design. Without rule or system, all must be the work of memory ; but, by arrang

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ing, in separate tables, as you have done, words which contain sia lent letters, and combinations of letters, similar in power-words which end alike, and whose accented sylllables are similar in sound, with the addition of concise rules for their pronunciation, we obtuin a dery great advantage to the memory : Because the leurner, in this instance, will have the aid of analogy, by which he will be able to spull and pronounce the same words perhaps in half the time, i, that a different or promiscuous arrangement would require. I am highly pleased, not only with your meihod of arranging words, but with the manner in which you have divided them. If that is ihe best division of words into syllables, which most naturally runs into the proper sound of them, when they are

united in the prea nunciation, your method has an indisputable claim to superiority. This method, in a few tables, is indeed peculiarly adapted to the Standard pronunciation ; yet, as you jusliy observe, it will be found equily convenient for those who choose to vary, in sheir mode of speaki: 5 from the Court Standard.

The benefit of a key sound of all the vowels and diphthongs, placed at the top of each page, will be acknowledged by all

. Nor less us fit perhaps, in a work of this kind, is your introduction of tubks of Figures, to be learned preparatory to the study of Arithmerick. This, while it adds variety, will afford useful employe, : ment 10 yung minds, at a period of life when the knowledge of figa ures, so far at least as they are an act of the memory, ought ever to be included among the earliest lesson of educatiort,

Your selection of Anomalous Words, is not only much larger than any other which I have seer, but their pronunciation is explained in a manner, which, to me, appears uncommonly eesy and familiar.

These, Sir, are some of the reasons, which, in my opinion, give the COLUMBIAN EXERCISE a decided preterence to any other work of the kind which I have seen. Wilh sentiments of friendship and esteem,

I am, dear Sir, yours, &c.

P. FOBES.

Copy of a Letter from Asher Robbins, Esq. formerly Teacher of Rhetorick and Belles Lettres in R. I. College.

NEWPORT, March 15, 1800, Dear Sir,

I HAVE examined your INTRODUCTION TO SPELLING AND KEADING with attention and pleasurle The Plan is, in a

RECOMMENDATIONS.

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great degree, original ; and, in my opinion, as important as it is

Pr:-eminently above every book of the kind that I have seen, it is calculated to facilitate the acquisition of a correct Or. thography and a just Pronunciation. Iis universal adoption would lead io a national improvement in language, highly ornamental in itself and useful in its consequences.

With wishes that the publick may duly appreciate the value of your efforts, I am, dear Sir, Your Friend and bumble Servant,

ASHER ROBBINS.

Copy of a Letter from Mr. Donald Fraser, a Member of

the Society of Associated Teachers, in the City of New.
York, to the Author.

New-YORK, May 17, 1800,
SIR,
HAVING, some time since, introduced your

INTRODUCTION TO SPELLING AND READING into my Academy, in preference to any

other book of the kind, it appears unnecessary for me to say any w thing more in commendation of it. The following approving senti. ments of your work, from some respectable gentlemen here, members of the Society of Associated Teachers, must prove highly ac. ceptable to you:

The Subscribers, publick Teachers in the city of New York, after a careful perusal, do warmly approve of an Introduction to Spelling and Rinding, in two volumes, being the First and Second Parts of a COLUMBIAN EXERCISE, published by Mr. Abner Alden ; and consider it a most valuable acquisition to American Schools."

JAMES HARDIE, A. M.

JOHN COFFIN, A. M.
Subscribed by ANDREW SMITH, A. M.

JACOB ROMAINE.

JUDAH HAMMOND.
I am, Sir, with much esteem,
Your most obedient Servant,

D. FRASER.

From the Teachers in the town of Providence. DURING the course of several years, we have taught Read. ing and the English Language ; and have instructed from a num.

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