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From the Hon. President of the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan.
I have examined, with some care, a manuscript Grammar of the English Language, written by the Rev. Mr. Frazee, of which, as a school book, I have formed a highly favorable opinion. The simplicity of his general arrangement, the clearness and distinctness of his definitions in the more elementary portions of the work, the pains taken thoughout to cause the learner to educe for himself and apply the general principles, together with his copious notes and numerous illustrations, make it, in my opinion, preferable to any other work of the kind already extant,
Detroit, August 1, 1843.
Z. PITCHER, M. D., Prest. of Board of Education, Detroit.
I fully concur in the above recommendation.
Detroit, Oct. 10th, 1843.
JOHN S. ABBOTT, Secretary of Board of Education.
I concur in the above recommendation.
L. SCOTT, A. M., Pastor of the M. E. U. Church, Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, Dec. 22d, 1843.
The undersigned, members of the Committee on School Books of the Board of Education of the City of Detroit, have examined, with considerable care, the manuscript of a system of English Grammar, prepared by the Rev. Bradford Frazee, of the State of Michigan, and which he proposes to publish, and take much pleasure in furnishing to the author an expression of their approval of a work upon which he has evidently expended much labor and research. The Grammar in question is, in many respects, an improvement upon any work of the kind yet published for the use of schools, and developes a system of teaching English Gram
mar far preferable to any that has come under our observation. In the choice of a Grammar for the use of the schools under the direction of our Board, we shall, whenever Mr. Frazee's Grammar is published, give it a preference over any other now in use, and have no doubt it will be adopted by the Board as the book above all others, best fitted for the use of our schools.
JOHN S. ABBOTT,
From Hon. H. Chipman, late Judge of Criminal Court, Detroit.
I have examined the system of English Grammar, by the Rev. Bradford Frazee, and am induced to think very favorably of it. Mr. Frazee appears to have bestowed much industry and research in the composition of his work, and shows a critical knowledge of the first principles of language; at the same time, his method and illustrations are so simple and perspicuous, as to lead the learner on, step by step, not only to learn the absolute rules, but almost insensibly to understand the principles upon which the rules are founded. The plan is synthetical and inductive, so arranged and explained that youthful capacities can clearly com prehend it, while the maturer mind may find in it much instruc tion in what may properly be called the philosophy of language I conceive that this work might very advantageously be intro. duced, as an elementary book, into the public schools.
Detroit, August 1, 1843.
In a notice of this Grammar, "THE NORTH AMERICAN" says, "The perusal of a few pages has impressed us very favorably regarding the plan and execution of it. The definitions are precise and clear, and the explanations level to any capacity." Philadelphia, January 11th, 1844.
"THE SATURDAY COURIER," in a notice of this work, remarks that, "The author appears to be thoroughly conversant with his subject, and imparts his knowledge with remarkable freedom and perspicuity. The matter is peculiarly adapted to the unpractised mind of the learner, and its lucid, practical philosophy is evident at every page."
Philadelphia, Jan. 13th, 1844.
The following from Rev. Mr. Filmore, will receive much credit where he is known.
"Having examined the system of English Grammar by Rev. Mr. Frazee, I am induced to think of it very highly. The clear
ness of the definitions, in its more elementary parts, and the perspicuity of its whole arrangement, on the true Pestalozzian system, render it, in my opinion, the best work extant for instruction in this science.
Buffalo, April 22d, 1844.”
"A. N. FILMORE.
Having examined, with some care, a System of English Grammar, prepared by Rev. Bradford Frazee, we are led to believe that it is an improvement upon the grammars now in use; in the philosophy of the arrangement-the correctness of the definitions -the clearness of the illustrations, by the introduction of appropriate examples and exercises, at every step of the pupil's progress, and in the Inductive Method in which the principles of the science are taught; giving the reasons of the Rules of Syntax, so that the pupil is led on in an easy, natural manner, to a thorough knowledge of the analysis of the language.
"I fully concur in the above opinion of Rev. Mr. Frazee's Grammar, and would further say, it has been adopted in this Institution.
"C. MARCELLUS DOW.
Principal of Stamford Institute.
Stamford, Conn., June 29th, 1844."
"The views expressed in the above recommendation of Mr. Frazee's Grammar are substantially my own; and I can cheerfully say that, in my opinion, it contains some valuable improve. ments found in no other that I have seen.
"JAMES H. COFFIN, Principal of Norwalk Academy.
“Norwalk, Conn., July 5th, 1844.”
"We have examined Mr. Frazee's Grammar, and fully concur in the opinion expressed above by the Stamford Board of Visitors. “ELBRIDGE PURINGTON, BENJ. R. DAVIS,
JOHN B. STARR,
S. W. CHAMBERLAIN, "Teachers in Norwalk, Conn.