60 Old-time Schools and School-books
That stirring for two days makes it sound like a weary process. In some books the ink recipes were supplemented by a paragraph like this : —
I N hard frofty weather, Ink will be apt to freeze; which if it once doth, it will be good for nothing; it takes away all its Blacknefs and Beauty. To prevent which put a few Drops of Brandy into it, and it will not freeze. And to hinder its moulding put a little fait therein.
One of the handsomest spellers of colonial days was "WATTS's Compleat SPELLING-BOOK."
Its contents included, besides the ordinary spelling-book matter, " Praxes on Words of different Syllables ; Portions of Scripture; a Short History of England; and Directions for writing the Round Hand, and Round Text, and the Italian Hand." In connection with the writing directions there are two or three pages of sentences designed for copies. I quote from these several maxims in a list of " Moral Inftructions, beginning with every Letter of the Alphabet."
Grow quiet and eafy, when Fools ftrive to tieze ye. Remember the Liar, has his Part in Hell-fire. X Excufe but with Truth, the Follies of Youth.
Concerning the last a foot-note says:
The Letter X begins no Englifh Word fo that we might begin that line with EX, unlefs the Reader will choofe this I inftead of it, viz.
X is fuch a crofs Letter, ballos my Morals and Metre.
The quotations which follow are portions of lessons in a book that was made up from a number I