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THE

NORTH AMERICAN

SPELLING-BOOK:

OR,

Pronunciation Simplified ;

ON A NEW PLAN;

BEING,

AN EASY, GRADUAL AND COMPLETE GUIDE TO SPELLING AND

PRONUNCIATION, ACCORDING TO TAE BEST USAGES.

PRINCIPALLY

UPON THE AUTHORITY OF WALKER,

BY R. WIGOINS.

NEW-YORK:

PUBLISHED BY SAMUEL WOOD & sons,

No. 261, PEARL STREET ;
SOLD ALSO BY JAMES A. BURTUS,

No. 19, PECK SLIP.

1821.
S.

THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

150420
ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1899.

DISTRICT OF NEW YORK: 89. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twenty-fifth day of January, in the forty

third year of the Independence of the United States of America, L. S. Richard Wiggins, of the said District, has deposited in this Office the

title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit :

“ The North American Spelling-Book ;" or, Pronunciation Simplified ; on a new plan: being an easy, gradual, and complete guide to spelling and pronunciation, according to the best utages. Principally upon the authority of Walker. By R. Wiggins.

In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, " An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned," And also to an Act, entitled “An Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled an Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."

JAMES DILL, Clerk of the Southern District of New-York."

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PREFACE.

FROM many years experience in the education of children, the compiler of the following work, has been convinced of the want of a Spelling-Book, sufficiently copious to give a general knowledge of the language, and so arranged as to render pronunciation as easy and correct as possible.

With a view to the attainment of these objects, he has prepared this compilation ; the first edition of which was published under the title of “ The United States Spelling-Book.” He considers it a complete pronouncing Spelling-Book; and presumes. it will very much lessen the ordinary labour of teaching, and facilitate, in a superior degree, the progress and improvement of the pupil.

To adapt it more completely to the purposes of an elementary school book, many of the more useless words in spelling have been @mitted in the present edition, and reading lessons introduced in their place, which will be found more useful.

REMARKS.

Division of Words into Syllables. The words are divided as nearly as possible according to their sounds, short syllables generally ending with consonants, and long ones with vowels : but when a consonant ends a long syllable, the vowel to be sounded long, is marked thusm; as im pör ta tion : and when a short syllable ends with a vowel, that vowel is marked, either with a breve, as al ka li, or with the double accent ; as lo" gic, ma' gic, tui' tion; or the final vowel is printed in Italic, as native.

The terminations, ble, and cre, &c. as in able, acre, &c. are so common as to be used without

note, except in the middle of . words, where the e will be Italic.

i ending or constituting a syllable, in the middle of a word, is net marked generally, as par i ty.

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