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all that is desirable and necessary as an outline; and the pupil who thoroughly masters its contents, will be qualified to enter with profit on the study of some of the larger works on language which enrich our libraries.

The order observed is, it is believed, the most generally desirable and natural; though not strictly in accordance with the common modes of teaching, in introducing some preliminaries in the way of Logic, among the earlier stages of progress. The arrangement has been adopted on well-digested grounds, and as the result of a long experience in teaching. The same experience has prompted the addition of Questions and Exercises which will help to complete the usefulness of the book. The portions in small print are intended rather for the use of the teacher, or the more advanced learner, than for a young pupil.

M. C. M.

CEDAR LODGE, BLACKHEATH,

Oct. 25, 1860.

ENGLISH GRAMMAR.

HISTORICAL SKETCH.

1. THE English language was introduced into Britain from Germany.

2. The original British was akin to the present Welsh.

§. How far the Welsh differs from the English may be seen from the following specimens :

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3. The language of Cornwall resembled the Welsh and was akin to the original British.

§. At the present time the Cornish is no longer spoken. During the reign of Henry VIII., however, it was the ordinary language of the peasants and miners of Cornwall. In the parish of

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Landewednack, the church service was read in that language so late as the year 1690. A few specimens of it are still preserved in writing; and a few of its words are incorporated in the provincial dialect as it is now spoken.

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§. The following list will show that the language under notice was not confined to the British Isles; but was spoken by the oldest inhabitants of France, as well as by the oldest inhabitants of England. It was the language of ancient Gaul, as well as of ancient Britain; and at the present time, there is one province of France, Bretagne or Brittany, where it is still spoken.

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§. But the Welsh, the Cornish, and the Breton are by no means the only languages of the great and important family to which they belong. The Gaelic of Ireland, the Gaelic of the Highlands of

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