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OR, FIFTH BOOK:
A COLLECTION OF THE MOST USEFUL WORDS IN THE ENGLISH
BY RICHARD WIGGINS.
To which is added,
BY JOHN GRISCOM.
THE WHOLE SELECTED, DIVIDED, ACCENTUATED AND EXPLAINED, WITH REFERENCES TO A KEY FOR THEIR PRONUNCIATION ; CHIEFLY ON THE AUTHORITIES
OF JOHNSON AND WALKER.
FOR THE USE OF SCHQOI.S.
NO. 357, PEARL•STREET.
DISTRICT OF NEW-YORK, ss.
July, in the thirty-sixth year of the L. S. • Independence of the United States of ********* America, Samuel Wood, of the said District, hath deposited in this office, the title of a book, the right whereof he claims, as proprietor, in the words following, to wit :
« THE NEW YORK EXPOSITOR; or, Fifth Book : being, a collection of the most useful words in the English Language, by Richard Wiggins ; to which is added, a Vocabulary of Scientific Terms, by John Griscom The whole carefully selected, divided, accentuated and explained, with references to a Key for their pronunciation : chiefly on the authori. ties of Johnson and Walker. For the use of Schools."
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 beralits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.
THE Publisher of the present volume, having com. pleted the series of Spelling books, which he had in view, and submitted them to the Public, has been induced to believe, from the favourable reception they have met with, as well as from other considera. tions, that an Expositor, or selection of words, properly accentuated and explained, would not only form a valuable addition to the former series, as a spelling book, but would prove acceptable in our schools as a book of definitions. This opinion bas been sanctioned by several persons, whose experience in teaching gives weight to their approbation.
The present collection has been arranged by two teachers in New-York. Their object has been to make a copious selection of the most useful words in our language ; to mark the accent and pronunciation conformable to our best authorities, and in the defini. tions, to combine, as far as practicable, brevity with precision. Such words as would offend the ear of delicacy in mixed schools, have been carefully omitted.
The list of scientific terms, the publisher presumes, will be considered as no small recommendation tô a work of this kind. When we reflect upon that grow
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ing attention to many of the liberal sciences which has marked the progress of education for several years past, and take into view the facility which an early acquaintance with terms, affords to the acquisition of knowledge, it is not a little surprising, that greater pains have not been taken in our common schools, to make the most useful terms of science familiar to qur youth.
In the size and price of the book, regard has been had to economy, and to the convenience of learners.