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“ Mr. Murray's English Grammar, English Exercises, and Abridgment of the Grammar, claim our attention on account of their being composed on the principle we have so frequently recommended, of combining religious and moral improvement with the elements of scientific knowledge. But as it is not a part of our plan, to enter into a particular ex. amination of works of this nature, we shall only say, that they have long doen in high estimation.”
“ The late learned Dr. Blair gave his opinion of them in the following terms :- Mr. Lindley Murray's Grammar, with the Exercises and the Key in a separate volume, I esteem as a most excellent performance. I think it superior to any work of that nature we have yet had ; and am persuaded that it is, by much, the best Grammar of the English language extant. On Syntax, in particular, he has shown a wonderful degree of acuteness and precision, in ascertaining the propriety of language, and in rectifying the numberless errors which writers are apt to commit. Most useful these books must certainly be to all who are applying themselves to the arts of composition.” Guardian of Education, July, 1803.
“ This Grammar is a publication of much merit, and fully answers the professions in the title. The Appendix contains some of the best rules for writing elegantly, and with propriety, that we recollect to have seen.
Monthly Review, July, 1796. " We have been much pleased with the perusal of Mr. Murray's English Exercises.' They occupy, with distinguished excellence, a most important place in the science of the English language ; and, as such we can warmly recommend them to the teachers of schools, as well as to all those who are desirous of attaining correctness and precision in their native tongue.”
Monthly Review, July, 1797. “ These Exercises are in general well calculated to promote the purpose of information, not only with regard to orthography and punctua.. tion, but also in point of phraseology, syntax, and precise perspicuity of composition.”
Critical Review, October, 1797. “ The very general approbation, which this Gramma has received from the public, is sufficiently indicative of its merits : and we have much pleasure in confirming the decision of the public, respecting its superiority over all other English Grammars. We request the author to continue his exertions for the instruction of the rising generation.”
Critical Review, June, 1807. “ The principle upon which all the publications of Mr. Murray, for the instruction of the rising generation, are founded, is such as gives him an unquestionable claim to public protection. The man who blends religion and morals with the elements of scientific knowledge, renders an eminent service to society: and where ability of execution is added to excellence of design, as in the present case, the claim becomes irresistible.”
Anti-Jacobin Review, January, 1804. “ Mr. Murray's Grammar, as well as his other publications, has received the uniform approbation of literary characters and journalists. We do not hesitate warmly to recommend them to the instructers of youth in every part of the United States, as eminently conducive to pure morality and religion, and to the acquisition of a correct and elegant style. They deserve to take place of all other works of the same kind which are now used in our schools."
The American Review and Literary Journal, for
July, August, and September, 1801. « Our sentiments, with regard to the omission or insertion of the rela. live pronoun, are exactly stated by Mr. Lindley Murray, the ingenious author of the best English Grammar, beyond all comparison, that has yet Deared."
Imperial Review, September, 1805.
« We have to close our avowal of the pleasure, with which we have read this excellent work, (the Grammar,) by expressing our entire approbation of the author's appendix ; which will enable the student to make a proper use, in composition, of the instructions dispersed through the Grammar. It concludes with a serious and affectionate exhortation to youth ; which manifests the purity and dignity of the author's principles, as the general execution of his work demonstrates his talent and research. We rejoice that it has attained to so extensive a circulation : and we earnestly recommend it to all, who are desirous of acquiring a clear and comprehensive knowledge of the English language ; but more especially to those who are engaged in the grammatical instruction of youth ; as we have no doubt that they will derive from it the most valuable assistance to their labours." Eclectic Review, September, 1805.
6. INTRODUCTION TO THE ENGLISH READER. " Our pages bear ample testimony, both to the ability and the diligence of Mr. Murray. His different publications evince much sound judgment and good sense ; and his selections are very well calculated to answer the intended purpose What Mr. Murray observes in his system of rules for assisting children to read with propriety, is worth attention the precept with which he concludes, is particularly so : Find out, and imitate a good example.”
British Critic, November, 1801. 7. THE ENGLISH READER. « This selection reflects much credit on the taste of the Compiler; and the arrangement of the various pieces is judicious. The preliminary rules for enunciation are useful and clearly delivered. We therefore recommend this small volume to those who wish to attain, without the help of instructers, the important advantages of thinking and speaking with propriety.”
Monthly Review, August, 1799. 8. THE POWER OF RELIGION ON THE MIND, “ This work, which has been long and justly admired, has, in the last edition, received many alterations and improvements; and, in its present enlarged state, forms, in our opinion, one of the best books that can be put into the hands of young people. The subject is grave and in. portant: but Mr. Murray has rendered it highly interesting and engag. ing, by, a judicious selection of anecdotes and examples; which, by the intermixture of pious reflections, he teaches the reader to apply to his own benefit."
Guardian of Education, Aug. 1808. “ That examples draw where precepts fail," is a truth which has been acknowledged in all ages and nations : and on the strength of this principle, Mr. Murray has had recourse to experience, in evincing the power and importance of religion. He has thus furnished an interesting collection of testimonies; and we wonder not, that a work so instructive and amusing, as well as impressive, should have been generally patronised. It is a book which may be read with profit, by persons in all situations: and with the rising generation, it may answer the double purpose, of improving them in biography and in virtue.”
Monthly Reviero, August, 1801. 9. INTRODUCTION AU LECTEUR FRANCOIS. « This little Volume, which is designed for the use of persons who have just begun to learn the French language, is composed of extracts from French writers of reputation, who are distinguished by the propriety and usefulness of their sentiments. Mr. Murray has exercised his usual caution and judgment in these selections; and his explanations, in the Appendix, of the idiomatical expressions and difficult phrases, which occur in the extracts, are well calculated to simplify, and consequently to facilitate the study of the language.”
Anti-Jacobin Review, April, 1807.
leader" has been so favoural lic, as to encourage the Compiler to hope, that the present volume will not be deemed unworthy of attention. It pursues the same objects as the former work; it preserves the same chaste attention to the morals of youth; its materials are taken from the most correct and elegant writers : and as the pieces are generally more extended, and contain a greater variety of style and composition, it is presumed that it forms a proper “ Sequel to the Reader," and is calculated to improve, both in schools and in private families, the highest class of young readers.
In selecting materials for the poetical part of his work, the Compiler met with few authors, the whole of whose writings were unexceptionable. Some of them have had unguarded moments, in which they have written what is not proper to come under the notice of youth. He must not therefore be understood as recommending every production of all the poets who have contributed to his selection.* Judicious parents and tutors, who feel the importance of a guarded education, will find it incumbent upon them to select for their children and pupils, such writings, both in prose and poetry, as are proper for their perusal; and young persons will evince their virtue and good sense, by cordially acquiescing in the judgment of those who are deeply interested in their welfare. Perhaps the best reason that can be offered, in favour of poetical selections for the use of young and innocent minds, is, the tendency which they have, when properly made, to preserve the chastity of their sentiments, and the purity of their morals.
In": The Sequel," as well as in “ The English Reader," several pieces are introduced, which in a striking manner display the beauty and ex. cellence of the Christian religion. Extracts of this kind, if frequently diffused amongst the elements of literature, would doubtless produce happy effects on the minds of youth; and contribute very materially to counteract, both the open and the secret labours of Infidelity. With these views, the Compiler derived particular satisfaction, in selecting those pieces which are calculated to attach the young mind to a religion perfectly adapted to the condition of man; and which not only furnishes the most rational and sublime enjoyments in this life, but secures complete and permanent felicity hereafter.
• Justice to the authors from whose writings the extracts were made, and regard to the credit of the present work, rendered the insertion of names indispensable.