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AND

LITERARY CRITICISM,

WITH COPIOUS

PRACTICAL EXERCISES AND EXAMPLES,

FOR THE

USE OF COMMON SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIES

COMPILED AND ARRANGED

BY REV. JAMES ROBERT BOYD,

AUTHOR OF "ECLECTIC MORAL PHILOSOPHY."

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EIGHTH EDITION:

NEW YOK K:

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,

329 & 331 PEARL STREET,

FRANKLIN SQUARE.

1862.

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1844 by

HARPER & BROTHERS,.

In the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New-York.

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PREFACE

TO THE FIFTH EDITION..

In preparing this edition for the press, the compiler has sought to render his work more complete by adding Part. VIII., supplementary to what appeared in the former editions, and particularly adapted to the wants of the more advanced students in common schools or academies. It will be found to embrace some of the more important and practical instructions found in works on Logic, and which properly belong to a complete treatise on the Art of Composition.

The whole work has been carefully revised, but it was found necessary to make only a very few alterations, and those so slight, chiefly corrections of typographical errors, that ro inconvenience will be experienced in using this edition with any of thie torren ;

The compiler would take the liberty to add, that after a trial oi one yoar in ihe institution under his care, during which several classes in the different departments, have been carried through the work, it has been found peculiarly well adapted to the important objects for

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