Other Spellers 203
In the portion of a page given herewith from
Fiske's The New England Spelling-book, Brookfield, Massachusetts, 1803, it seems a little odd to find
Portion of a Page. From Fiske's New England Spelling-book, 1803.
" Damn " included among the " words which f hould be well learned by every Scholar." But words just as much out of place are not uncommon in the old spellers. To quote a text-book preface of 1828, "They contain words collected from all departments of nature, life, and action; from the nursery, the kitchen, the drawing-room, the stable, the bar-room, the gaming table, the seaman's wharf, the apothecary's shop; from the subtle pages of the metaphysician, and the rhapsodies of the pompous pedant."
The latter part of Fiske's speller, comprising the larger half, consists of the Constitution of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, the Consti-