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TO THE TENTH EDITION.
THE author of this work, and of the books connected with it, thinks it is incumbent upon him to make some apology, for the variations which are to be found in the different editions. The infirm state of his health ; his numerous occupations; and the quick succession of new editions of his English Grammar, English Exercises, and Key to the Exercises, prevented him from giving these books, at an early period of their publication, all the improvement which he had contemplated, or which had been occasionally suggested to bim. The successive additions and improvements which these works have received, and which sometimes oc-casioned a want of correspondence amongst them, must certainly have been productive of inconvenience or expense, to many persons who had purchased the earlier editions. This, though the author regretted the circumstance, was, for the reasons alleged, unavoidable. He must either have suppressed the improvements, or have inserted them gradually as the new editions appeared ; but as he conceived them to be of considerable importance, he could not think it warrantable to omit them; and the approbation of the public has confirmed him in the propriety of this decision.
It is with particular satisfaction that the author can now state, that the additions and alterations which he had in view, are completed, and are contained in the Stereotype edition of the Grammar, the twelfth of the Exercises, and the tenth of the Key; that these editions of the books correspond exactly to one another; and that it is his intention that, in every future edition of each of them, this correspondence shall be faithfully preserved.
It is indeed possible, that some illustrations or justification of particular rules and positions contained in the Grammar, may yet be necessary. But if, contrary to expectation, this should be the case, the practical parts of the system
will not be affected by such additions. The connexion, as it now subsists, between the Grammar, the Exercises, and the Key, will remain invariably the same; unless some error, at present unobserved, should hereafter be discovered.
As the types composing the Grammar have, for a considerable time, been kept standing; and as the book could not be enlaged without advancing its price ; many of the subsequent improvements have heen necessarily inserted in appropriate parts of the Exercises, or the Key. References have, however, been made in the Grammar, under the correspondent rules, to the additional notes and illustrations. To this mode of supplying improvements, the reader will have the less objection, when he considers that the Exercises and the Key are necessary appendages to the Grammar ; and serve to illustrate and enforce, as well as to extend, its rules and positions. The three volumes are indeed intimately connected, and constitute one uniform system of English Grammar.
To this edition of the Key, the author has subjoined a copious Alphabetical Index to the Grammar, the Exercises and the Key; a work which, he flatters himself, will be generally useful; and particularly acceptable to students whe have made some progress in the knowledge of Grammar.
HOLGATE near YORK, 1808.
The following are a few of the numerous recom
mendations of MURRAY'S GRAMMAR, which have appeared in the works of different Authors.
“ Mr. Murray's Grammar, and Selection of lessons for reading, are the best in the English language." Walker's Elements of Elocution. Second
edition. 66 Since the first edition of our work, we have seen with pleasure an English Grammar--English Exercises--and a Key to the English Exercises, by Lindley Murray." Edg worth’s Practical Education. Second
edition. “Murray's English Grammar. This is the most complete grammar of our language. My opinion is confirmed by that of the public, as this work now appears in the fourteenth edition.” Kett's Elements of General knowledge.
Sixth edition. “ Murray's Grammar, together with his English Exercises and Key have nearly superseded every thing else of the kind, by concentrating the remarks of the best authors on the subject. They are pieces of inestimable utility.
Evan's Essay on the Education of Youth. - The best English Grammar now extant, is that written by Mr. Lindley Murray; who by this publication, and by several others connecied