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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.

GLASGOW:
JOHN 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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GLASGOW:

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

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