An Illustrated history & description Of Schools in the 18th & 19th Centurys.

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240 Old-time Schools and School-books
The compiler has been excited to the present under­taking by representations that there is no reading book to be found at the bookstores, suitable for young children, to be used intermediately, between the Spelling-Book and the
English or American Reader. The Testament is much used for this purpose; and, on many accounts, it is ad­mirably adapted for a read­ing book in schools. But it is respectfully submitted to the experience of judicious teachers, whether the pe­culiar structure of scripture
language is not calculated to create a tone ? I am persuaded it would be better to place a book in the hands of learners, written in a more familiar style. Such a work, I natter myself, will be found in the following pages. The selections contain many salutary precepts and instructive examples, for a life of piety and morality, of activity and usefulness.
Mr. Leavitt later supplemented his Easy Lessons with a Second Part. In this the most noteworthy portion was a series of sentences to illustrate the sounds of the letters. The chaotic paragraphs which follow are fair samples: —
The baboon blabbed and blubbered, dabbled in ribbons, gabbled in gibberish, played hob-nob with a robin, brow­beat the tabby, made a hubbub for the rabble, bribed a na­bob, and barbarously bamboozled a booby.
Our daddy did a deed, at dawn of day, that doubled the depredations of the dogged ducks and drakes, deceived the doubting dunce, addled the dandy paddy, and drove the sad­dled and bridled dog down the downward road,
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