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PREFIXES, AFFIXES, AND ROOTS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE,

WITH THEIR

LITERAL SIGNIFICATIONS, DERIVATIVES, AND COMPOUNDS.

BY N. LEITCH, F.E.I.S.
Author of "A History of Scotland," "The Instructive Reader,”
“The Monitorial Class Books," "The Young Scholar's Spelling Book,"

"A Brief Analysis of the Assembly's Shorter Catechism,"
"The Beginner's Scripture Catechism,” “Exercises on the Map of Scotland,” etc.

SEVENTY-FIFTH THOUSAND.

GLASGO.W:

JOAN BURNET, WILLIAM COLLINS,
F. ORR & SONS, JAMES LUMSDEN & SON, DAVID CHAMBERS: OLIVER & BOYD,
AND JOHN JOHNSTONE, EDINBURGH: JOHN HEYWOOD, MANCHESTER:

WHITTAKER & CO., AND WILLIAM COLLINS, LONDON.

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WILLIAM COLLINS & CO., PRINTERS.

PREFACE.

It has been the Compiler's aim to make such a selection as will serve to please, instruct, and profit the young. He has carefully endeavoured to exclude every sentiment that had the least semblance of irreligion or immorality, and has admitted such papers only, as tend to illustrate the perfections of the Divine Being, and to promote the temporal and eternal welfare of those into whose hands the compilation may be placed. Insertion has accordingly been given to extracts from religious writings, to descriptions of objects animate and inanimate, and to a few articles relating to human science. The poetical pieces, in many instances simple, are, in all, calculated to delight and interest the youthful mind. To meet the views of some Teachers, a number of pieces for Recitation has been thrown into the Appendix, in place of the Outline of English Grammar.

The exercises prefixed to each of the prose lessons serve the threefold purpose of spelling, explanation, and derivation.

It is conceived that this arrangement will be of great practical utility, inasmuch as it will save the Teacher a great deal of the labour that inevitably attends oral instruction, and lead the pupil, by the aid of the Prefixes, Afixes, and literal meaning of the Roots, as contained in the Appendix, in some measure to discover the analogy that subsists between the primitives and their various derivatives. It is presumed that the volume will be found what it professes to be, religious, moral, and intellectual.

1st March, 1839.

CONTENTS.

RELIGIOUS AND MORAL PIECES.

Tenderness to Mothers ... ... ... ... ... Percival... 9

The Great Business of Youth ... ... ... Morison... 15

On the Creation ... ... ... ... ... ... Goldsmith...20

The Bible, the best Book ... ...

... ... Buck...32

Canute and his Courtiers; or, Flattery Reproved ... Dr. Aikin...36

The secret of being always satisfied ... ... ... ... 40

Self-Denial ... ... ... ... ... ... Jane Taylor... 56

Education ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 64

Eve and Mary ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Cox... 82

Jewish Manner of Eating ... Manners and Customs of the Jews... 93

A Dying Christian's Prayer ... ... ... ... Hambleton... 97

On Order ... ... ... ... ... ... .... Jay...110

The House of God ... ... ... ... ... Richmond...125

Bible Natural History, &c. ... Manners and Customs of the Jews...136

The Christian Salvation ... ... ... ... Dr. Thomson...162

Against Falsehood ... ... ... ... Hardie's Collection...168

Scale of Beings ... ... ... ... ... ... Addison...176

NATURAL HISTORY

The Rein Deer... ... ... ... ... ... Trimmer... 13

Sloth contrasted with Industry; or, the Sloth and Beaver Percival... 19

The Cuckoo. ... ... ... ... ... ... Bigland... 21

The Butterfly ... ... ... ... ... ... Trimmer... 35

The Tiger ... ... ... ... ... ... Bigland... 42

On Metals ...

Lvenings at Home... 53

Gold ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Ibid... 70

Silver ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Ibid... 89

Birds ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 100

Copper and Brass ... ... Altered from Evenings at Home. 106

The Lion ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Bigland. 109

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