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ELEMENTS

OF

ENGLISH COMPOSITION.

CONTAINING

..PRACTICAL INSTRUCTIONS

FOR

WRITING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE WITH

TERSPICUITY AND ELEGANCE.

ĐESIGNED, IN THE PROGRESS OF EDUCATION, TO SUC-
CEED TO THE STUDY OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR, AND

OF THE LATIN AND GREEK CLASSICS,

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THE NEW FORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

964931 ASTOR, LENOX AND TILOIN ET OCCIONS

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I HAVE always entertained a hearty aversion to those unmanly and fulfome strains of panegyric, of which dedications have too frequently been composed. Human nature seldom appears more unamiable than when it stoops to such self-debasement. At the shrine * of adulation I intend to offer no incense. And ale i · though I were so mean as to adopt a different resolu

tion, it is to be presumed, that your good-fense would prevent me from carrying it into effect.

Let me however be permitted to declare, that small as such a favour may be deemed, I should never have thought of infcribing this little work to one for whose character I did not entertain a most cordial esteem.

I remain,

Dear Sir,

Your affectionate friend,

DAVID IRVING.

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