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Boston:
CHARLES EWER, NO. 141 WASHINGTON-STREET...

1828.

DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT:

District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty-eighth day of January, A. D. 1828, in the fifty-second year of the Independence of the United States of America, Charles Ewer, of the said District, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:

"Stereotype Edition. Walker's Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language, abridged for the Use of Schools: containing a Compendium of the Principles of English Pronunciation, with the Proper Names that occur in the Sacred Scriptures: to which is likewise added, a Selection of Geographical Proper Names and Derivatives."

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 times 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."

JOHN W. DAVIS,
Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

GIFT OF
JAMES STURGIS PRAY

?; 12,!?

98-98

Stereotyped at the
Boston Type and Stereotype Foundry.

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PREFACE.

DOUBTLESS the Critical Pronouncing Dictionary of Mr. Walker is the best guide to a correct and elegant pronunciation of our language of which we can at present boast. It should not, however, be considered as a perfect standard of orthoëpy; for such it does not profess to be. Imperfection adheres to every work of man. The most finished productions of art, and the most successful works of genius, are not free from defect. The eminent orthoëpists who preceded Mr. Walker did much, but they also left much to be done. He has combined the results of their labours, and added to them the fruits of his own investigations. And, though he has not given to the world a faultless work, it is much to be doubted whether any lexicographer will ever approach nearer than he has done to the establishing a correct standard. Mr. Walker does not claim for his work the merit of originality; but, sensible of the assistance he had derived from the labours of others, in the preface to the first edition of his dictionary, he acknowledges his obligations to Mr. Elphinston, “who, by a deep investigation of the analogies of our tongue, has laid the foundation of a just and regular pronunciation;"-to Dr. Kenrick “for the improvement in which the words are divided into syllables as they are pronounced, and figures placed over the vowels, to indicate their different sounds;"-to Mr. Sheridan, “who not only divided the words into syllables, and placed figures over the vowels, as Dr. Kenrick had done, but, by spelling these syllables as they are pronounced, seemed to complete the idea of a Pronouncing Dictionary, and

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