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another modern fancy, that grey printing is more beautiful than black. Hence the English new books are printed in fo dim a character as to be read with difficulty by old eyes, unless in a very ftrong light and with good glaffes. Whoever compares a volume of the Gentleman's Magazine, printed between the years 1731 and 1740, with one of those printed in the last ten years, will be convinced of the much greater degree of perfpicuity given by black than by the grey. Lord Chesterfield pleasantly remarked this difference to Faulkener, the printer of the Dublin Journal, who was vainly making encomiums on his own paper, as the most complete of any in the world. "But Mr. Faulkener," fays my lord," don't you think it might "be ftill farther improved, by ufing "c paper and ink not quite fo near of "a colour?"-For all these reafons I cannot but with that our American G4 printers

printers would, in their editions, avoid thefe fancied improvements, and thereby render their works more agreeable to foreigners in Europe, to the great advantage of our bookfelling commerce.

Farther, to be more fenfible of the advantage of clear and distinct printing, let us confider the affiftance it affords in reading well aloud to an auditory. In fo doing the eye generally flides forward three or four words before the voice. If the fight clearly diftinguishes what the coming words are, it gives time to order the modulation of the voice to express them properly. But if they are obfcurely printed, or difguifed by omitting the capitals and long 's, or otherwise, the reader is apt to modulate wrong; and finding he has done fo, he is obliged to go back and begin the fentence again; which leffens the pleasure of the hearers. This leads me to mention an old error in our mode of printing. We are fenfible


that when a question is met with in the reading, there is a proper variation to be used in the management of the voice. We have, therefore, a point, called an interrogation, affixed to the question, in order to diflinguifh it. But this is abfurdly placed at its end, fo that the reader does not discover it till he finds that he has wrongly modulated his voice, and is therefore obliged to begin again the fentence. To prevent this, the Spanish printers, more fenfibly, place an interrogation at the beginning as well as at the end of the queftion. We have another error of the fame kind in print. ing plays, where fomething often occurs that is marked as spoken afide. But the word afide is placed at the end of the fpeech, when it ought to precede it, as a direction to the reader, that he may govern his voice accordingly. The practise of our ladies in meeting five or fix together, to form little bufy parties, where

where each is employed in fome useful work, while one reads to them, is fo commendable in itself, that it deferves the attention of authors and printers to make it as pleafing as poffible, both to the read and hearers.


My best wishes attend you, being, with fincere esteem,


Your most obedient and
very humble servant,







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