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the school book, in England, that four association of letters, vowels and editions, making thirty six thousand consonants, to suit the pronunciacopies, were required to supply the tion. The following are a few speci. demand, during the first six months mens : on-ion, O-cean, ven.geance, ponafter its appearance ; a sale unpre. iard, court-ier, sçutch-eon, bril-liant-ly, cedented in any modern publication. per-fid-ious-ly, punc-til-io, jus-tic-iar-y. In this country also, three editions 5. "If the combinations of letters bave already been issued from the pronounced as one syllable, were to press ; and a fourth, from the Lon- have a correspondent arrangement, don copy, greatly improved and en we should have an extremely difficult, larged, we understand, will soon be as well as an extremely irregular mode published at Now.York. Like all of dividing our words into syllables. The former works of this excellent How would the advocates for divi. Author, its pages are rendered sub- ding according to the pronunciation, servient to the promotion of piety and divide the words business, colonel, virtue; at the same time, so diversi. victuals, sevennight, moveit, stuffed, fied and enlivened with interesting devoured, abused, and many others of stories, and instructive sentiments, a similar nature ! A rule which, at as to be peculiarly attractive to the best, is so inconvenient, and which in infant mind of the learner,

numerous instances cannot be reThe improvement attempted in the duced to practice, certainly does not orthography, consists chiefly in the merit adoption. division of syllables. We regret that “6. The best authorities, as well as the nature and extent of our work will a great majority of them, may be ad. not admit of giving a copious analysis duced in support of this division. of a book, which promises to become Walker, in the last edition of his dicgeneral in our schools. We must tionary, says, “ Though tior and sion however quote the Author's reasons are really pronounced in one syllable, for his division of syllables, from they are, by almost all our orthoe. which it will be seen, that he does not pists, divided into two ; and conse. concur with some modern ortho- quently, nation, pronunciation, occa. graphers. The following remarks sion, evasion, &c. contain the same are from the fourth English edition. number of syllables, as ratio, pro

“1. The rapid pronunciation of nunciatio, occasio, evasio, in Latin. two syllables, so as to resemble the “On the whole, we think that the sound of one syllable, does not, in fact, old plan, whilst it possesses so much make them one. The words busie superiority, is liable to no inconveni. Kesi, colonel, victuals, ashamed, be.

Even pronunciation is as lieved, &c. are pronounced as two readily acquired by it, as by the new syllables, though they are really plan. The learner cannot know that three.

tion sounds like shun, tial like shal, “2. The division adopted renders science like shense, &c. till his teacher the gradations in spelling a word, directs him to this pronunciation : more simple, and much easier to the and the same direction will teach him learner, than combining the letters. that ti-on, ti-al, sci-ence, &c. have the If spelling is made practicable and ea- same sounds. Much therefore is lost sy to children, by dividing words into and nothing gained, by the new divi. syllables, it follows, that the more sion.” this division can be conveniently ex We cannot conclude this article tended, the better it is calculated to without congratulating the public, and answer the end.

the heads of seminaries in particular, "3. The old plan of dividing these on the acquisition of the complete letters, or terminations, is uniform system of education, which the elevex and invariable: the new plan, of not different works of Lindley Murray dividing them, is liable to numerous now compose. Beginning at the very exceptions, and frequent variations. vestibule of literature, the attentive

“4. Combining or separating learner may now ascend from the syllables according to the pronuncia. First Book for children, step by step, tion, would present still more irregu through the Spelling Book, the Intro, lar and uncouth appearances, than the duction to the English Reader, the

ence.

English Reader, the Sequel to the Rea- twenty four thousand of the abridgder, the Abridged Grammar, the Gram ment. In our own country also the mar, Exercises to the Grammar, Key sale is perhaps not less extensive. to the Exercises, Lecture Francois, and Most of our Universities, espeially Power of Religion on the Mind, till he those at New Haven, Princeton, Newhas attained to every necessary ac York, Philadelphia, Williamsburgh, complishment in the English lan and Schenectady have adopted this guage.

Grammar ; and ere long perhaps no The rank which our countryman* other will be used in any College in has acquired in the literary world, America. cannot be contemplated, but with There could not be offered a satisfaction, by every American, who stronger confirmation of the justness feels an honest pride in beholding of the character we have given of these proofs of the falsehood of the these publications, than will be found assertion made by certain French in the following quotation from the philosophers, that genius could not late Dr. Hugh Blair, who thus conoriginate in the western hemisphere. veyed his sentiments on those which Lindley Murray, as a grammarian, were then published, Tow stands without a rival. His En “Mr. Murray's Grammar, with the glish Grammar has the encomiums of Exercises and Key, in a separate volevery transatlantic writer of taste and

ume, I esteem as a most excellent judgment. Twelve thousand copies performance. I think it superior to of it are sold annually in London, and any work of that nature we have yet

had ; and I am persuaded that it is,

by much, the best Grammar of the It may not be generally known that English language extant. On SynLindley Murray is a native of New

tax in particular he has shown a York and a member of the Society of precision, in ascertaining the proprie.

wonderful degree of acuteness and Friends. He was bred to the profession ty of language, and rectifying the of the law, in which he promised to become one of its most shining orna

numberless errors, which writers are But being attacked with a

apt to commit. Were I only begin. painful and tedious illness, which

ning my course, as I am now (in my terminated in the loss of the use of his

83d year) on the point of finishing it, lower extremities, he adopted the advice

I would have hoped to have been of his physicians, and took a voyage style by his instructions and exam.

much benefited in point of accurate across the Atlantic. His indisposition, however, on his arrival in England, in ples. Most usefu'sthey must certainstead af lessening, increased to such a

ly be to all who are applying themselves degree, that he found it necessary to de

to the arts of composition.' fer the period of his return till some favourable change should take place in charitable institutions. Possessed of an his disorder. He therefore purchased a independent fortune, and having no chilbeautifnl retreat in the neighbourhood of dren to provide for, he appears to cherTork, where, with an amiable wife, he ish, as his only wish, the luxury of be. has remained nearly twenty years, and ing useful to his fellow creatures. In a where indeed he has employed those late letter to a friend in this country, af: faculties, with which he has been so ter modestly adverting to the unparallel. preeminently endowed by Providence, to ed sale and reputation of his books in the benevolent purpose of composing his Europe, he concludes, I hope that this numerous works on the education of flattering success has no improper effect youth. This retreat is not less distin.

ироп те. I am sure that my manifold guished for the attractions it presents to imperfections are suficient to check elaliterary men, than for the hospitality tion of mind, and to make me humble. which reigns at its board. The whole I do indeed feel grateful to the Author of the profits, which it may be imagin- of all good, that under my long contined are very great, arising from the sale ued bodily infirmities, I am not yet of his books, have been bestowed upon useless being in the world."

ments.

List of Dew Publications. The Shade of Plato ; or, a defence rian church in the United States of of religion, morality, and government. America; by appointment of their A poem in four parts. By David Hitch- standing committee of Missions, by cock. To which is prefixed, a Eliphalet Nott, D. D. President of sketch of the author's life. Hudson. Union College in the State of New H. Croswell. 12 mo.

York, May 19, 1806. Philadelphia. A new edition of this work is contem- Jane Aitken. plated in Boston.

The Virginia Religious Magazine, Twelve letters addressed to Rev. published under the patronage of the Samuel Austin, A. M. in which his Synod of Virginia, by the Editor, vindication of partial washing for Volume II, for the year 1806. LexChristian Baptism, contained in ten ington. Samuel Walkup. letters, is reviewed and disproved. Sanctuary Waters; or the spread By Daniel Merrill, A. M. pastor of the of the gospel. A Sermon, preached church of Christ in Sedgwick. 12 mo. before the Massachusetts Baptist pp. 96. Boston. Manning & Loring Missionary Society, at their annual

An answer to this has been published meeting, by William Collier, A. M. by Mr. Austin at Worcester.

pastor of the Baptist church in A treatise on the Diseases of Child. Charlestown, (Mass.) Boston, May ren, and management of infants from 28, 1806. Manning & Loring. the birth. By Michael Underwood, A Sermon, preached before the X. D. Licentiate in Midwifery, of the convention of the clergy of MassaRoyal College of Physicians in Lon. chusetts, Boston, May 29, 1806. By don, &c. &c. Second American from Joseph Lyman, D. D. pastor of the the sixth London edition. 8vo. pp. 270. church in Hatfield. Boston. David Boston. D. West.

Carlisle. Reflections on the Rise and Fall of Bonaparte, and the French people the ancient Republics, adapted to the under his Consulate. Translated present state of Great Britain. By Ed. from the German. The first Ameri. ward W. Montague, jun. 12mo. pp. can edition. New York. Isaac Col. 336. Philadelphia. c. P. Wayne. lins and Son. Sold also by E. Cot

A sermon, preached in the audi. ton, Boston. ence of His Excellency Caleb Strong, The fulfilling of the Scripture, or Governor, His Honor Edward H. an essay, shewing the exact accom. Robbins, Esq. Lieutenant Governor, plishment of the word of God in his the Hon. the Council, Senate and works performed and to be perform. House of Representatives of the ed, for confirming of believers, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on convincing Atheists of the present the Anniversary Election, May 28, time: Containing some rare histo. 1806, By Samuel Shepard, A. M. ries of the works and the servants of Congregational Minister of Lenox. God in the church of Scotland. By Boston. Young & Minns. 1806. Rev. Robert Fleming, pastor of a

A discourse on the necessity and church in Rotterdam. Charlestown. importance of wisdom and knowledge, 1806. Samuel Etheridge. delivered at the opening of the Lin- Universalism confounds and decoin Academy in New Castle, Octo- stroys itself ; or, Letters to a Friend; ber 1, 1805. By Kiah Bayley, A. M. in four parts. Part 1. Dr. Huntingpastor of the church in New Castle. ton's and Mr, Relly's scheme, which Wiscasset. Babson and Rust. denies all future punishment, shown

The Happy nation, a sermon, to be made up of contradictions, preached at the Anniversary Elec- 2. Dr. Chauncy's, Mr. Winchester's, tion in Hartford, May 8, 1806. Petitpierre's, and Med. Dr. Young's By Rev. William Lyman, A. M.pas- scheme, which supposes a limited tor of a church in East Haddam. punishment hereafter, shown to be Hartford. Hudson and Goodwin. made up of contradictions. 3. Eve 1806.

erlasting, forever, forever and ever, A sermon, preached before the naturally and originally, mean duraGeneral Assembly of the Presbyte. tion without end. 4. The sufficiency

of the atonement, for the salvation of youth, and particularly adapted to all, consistent with the final destruc. the use of schools. By the Rev, tion of a part of mankind. Also, the Thomas Smith, author of the Univer. second death explained. Interspers. sal Atlas, &c. First American edi. ed with direct arguments in proof of tion. To which is added a copious the endless misery of the damned ; index, not in the English edition. and answers to the popular objections Boston. Samuel H. Parker. 1806. of the present day, against the doc. Sermons on the religious education trines of grace. By Josiah Spauld. of children; preached at Northamping, A. M. pastor of a church in ton. By Philip Doddridge, D. D. Buckland.

Northampton, (Mass.) A new edition, revised and corrected. Andrew Wright. 1805.

Cambridge. W. Hilliard. 1806. Preparation for war the best secu. A Sermon on Fraud. By Thomas rity for peace. Illustrated in a Ser. Wilson, D. D. Bishop of Sodor and mon delivered before the Ancient and Mann. First American edition, re. Honourable Artillery Company, on vised and corrected. Cambridge. the Anniversary of their election of W. Hilliard. officers, June 2, 1806. By James Ken. A Present for your Neighbour ; dall. Munroe and Francis.

or, the right knowledge of God and The Boston Directory, containing ourselves, opened in a plain, practi. the names, occupations, places of cal, and experimental manner. Cam. abode, and business of the inhabi. bridge. W. Hilliard. tants. A list of the streets, lanes, A Discourse concerning meekness. courts, alleys, wharves, &c. &c. By Rev. Matthew Henry. First Bounds of the new wards. Lists of American edition. Cambridge. W. public offices, town officers, physi. Hilliard. cians, sextons, &c. List of post A short and easy method with De. towns, &c. &c. Illustrated by a plan ists, wherein the certainty of the of the town. Boston. E. Cotton. Christian religion is demonstrated by

The Christian Monitor. No. 2. infallible proof from four rules, in a Containing observations on the life letter to a friend. Cambridge. W. and character of Jesus Christ. Mun Hilliard. roe and Francis, Boston.

O The five last publications are is. Nine Discourses on Baptism, viz, sued in large editions of each, by the Water Baptism, Christian Baptism, Massachusetts Society for promoting Believer's Baptism, Infant Baptism, Christian knowledge, and the Truse Believing parents and their children tees of Phillips' Academy, for charit. in covenant with God, Being buried able distribution. A number of each with Christ in Baptism illustrated. are reserved for sale at a cheap rate To which is annexed, Mrs. Jackson's for the benefit of the Society above confession, Boston. David Carlisle, named, by their agent, William Hil. 1806.

ļiard, Cambridge ; also by E. Lin. The Sacred Mirror ; or, Compen- coln, Boston, dious View of Scripture History. Containing a faithful narration of all In the press, Horæ Paulinæ ; or, the principal events recorded in the the Truth of the Scripture History Old and New Testaments, from the of St. Paul, evinced by a comparison creation of the world to the death of of the epistles, which bear his name, St. Paul. With a continuation from with the Acts of the apostles, and that period to the final destruction of with one another. By William Pa. Jerusalem by the Romans. Design. ley, D. D. Archdeacon of Carlisle. ed for the mental improvement of W. Hilliard. Cambridge.

Drdination

On Thursday, the 5th of June, gational Church in Becket. The 1806, the Rev. Joseph L. Mills was parts in the public exercises on the ordained Pastor of the First Congre- occasion were performed in the prese

ence of a numerous assembly, whose Rev. Samuel Shepard, of Lenox, silent attention bore testimony to the made the concluding prayer. The solemnity of the scene. The Rev. great length of time in which the peo. William G. Ballantine, of Washing. ple of this religious society have been ton, made the introductory prayer. destitute of the stated administration The Rev. Asahel Hooker, of Goshen, of the gospel and its ordinances, and (Con.) preached the sermon from i the numerous difficulties under which Cor. ii. 4, 5, 6. The Rev. Dr. West, they have laboured, respecting their of Stockbridge, made the consecrat. ecclesiastical affairs, render it peculi. ing prayer. The Rev. Aaron Bas. arly pleasing to the friends of Zion, to com, of Chester, gave the charge. witness the present union and harThe Rev. Alvan Hyde, of Lee, gave mony existing among them. the right hand of fellowship. The

Poetry.

To tủE EDITORS. GENTLENEN, in a garden belonging to Mr. Tyrrs at Denbigh in Surry, England, is a walk ter.

minated by a beautiful alcove, called Il Penseroso, in which are two elegantly carved pedestals, upon which are placed a Gentleman's and a Lady's skull : each thus addresses the male and female visitants.

THE GENTLEMAN'S SKULL.
Why start? The case is yours or will be soon,
Some years perhaps, perhaps another moon.
Life, at its utmost length, is still a breath,
And those who longest dream must wake in death.
Like you I once thought every bliss secure,
And gold of every ill a certain cure ;
Till steep'd in sorrow, and besieg'd with pain,
Too late I found all earthly riches vain.
Disease with scorn thrust back the sordid fee,
And death still answer'd, “ What is gold to me?"
Fame, titles, honours, next I vainly sought,
And fools obsequious nurs'd the childish thought.
Circled with bríb'd applause, and purchas'd praise
I built on endless grandeur, endless days,
Till death awak'd me from my dream of pride;
And laid a prouder beggar at my side.
Pleasures I courted, and obey'd my taste,
The banquet smil'd, and smild the gay repast.
A loathsome carcase was my constant care,
And worlds were ransack'd but for me to share.
Go on, vain man, to luxury be firm,
Yet know, I feasted but to feast a worm.
Already sure, less terrible I seem,
And you, like me, shall own, that life's a dream.
Farewel; remember, nor my words despise,
The only happy, are the early wise.

THE LADY'S SKULL.
Blush not, ye fair, to own me-But be wise,
Nor turn from sad mortality your eyes.
Fame says, and fame alone can tell how true,
I once was lovely and beluv'd like you.

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