Colonial Schools of the Eighteenth Century 53
greatest school-book author of his time he was not unworthy of the honor. The spelling words were interspersed with much religious reading and dismal moralizing, but as an offset to this matter there was "A Select Number of Fables, adorned with proper Sculptures."
Two of the fable pages are reproduced entire. The other illustration, delineating the fisherman, is accompanied by the following story : —
The Interpretation, Never let go a certainty for an uncertainty.
The only speller to seriously rival Dilworth's in circulation during the remainder of the colonial period was Fenning's, which appeared in 1755. Be-sides " Tables of Words," this contained " Leffons both moral and divine, Fables and pleafant Stories, and a very eafy and approved Guide to Englifh Grammar." There was also some minor material including a chronology of " the moft remarkable Occurrences in Sacred and profane History," that had in it items like: —