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PREFACE vt to Englifli Grammar in confequence of which many in ; gularities have crept into die language, which might other- wife have been prevented. Were the importance of the two languages to come into competition, that would no doubt deferve the preference which we have the moll fre- quent occafion to ufe. But to fuch as aim at polite lite- rature, the ftudy of both ieems neceffary and the knowl- : edge of the one will be found highly conducive.to that of the other. The Engl-iih language has received its great! improvements from thofe who were matters of claffic learning and perhaps cannot be thoroughly under- it ; stood, without feme acquaintance with the Latin. It certain, no one can properly tranilate from the one lan- guage into the other, without underllanding the idioms- of both. In order therefore to teach Lai la Gramm; with fuccefs, wTe ihould always join with it a particular attention to the rudiments of Eng:i(h. This is the defign of the following attempt. And as in writing upon Gram- mar, materials entirely new cannot be expected, the com- piler has with freedom borrowed from all hands whatevi He he judged for his purpofe. acknowledges himfelf fit particularly indebted to Mr Harris's Hermes with regard to the principles of univerfal Grammar to Wallis and ; Dr Lowth, for moft of his obfervations concerning the- Engliih and to Gerard VouTus, and Ruddiman, with ; refpect to the Latin.