A Grammar of the English Language in a series of letters

Cobbett (William)

A Grammar of the English Language in a series of letters

Intended for the use of schools and of young persons in general ; but more especially for the use of soldiers, sailors, apprentices, and plough-boys. To which are added, six lessons, intended to prevent statesmen from using false grammar, and from writing in an awkward manner.

Description: pp. iv, 230, 8vo, uncut in the original boards, joints cracked, spine a little defective, as is printed label

Publication Details: Printed [by B. Bensley] for John M. Cobbett, 1823

Notes: First published in New York in 1818, these letters were written from Long Island. The Dedication in this edition is to Queen Caroline, dated November 25th, 1820. The 'widely selling Grammar of the English Language (1818) [a work] which Cobbett saw as a testament to the intellectual capacity of himself and of the common people as a whole, was intended especially for the use of 'soldiers, sailors, apprentices, and plough-boys'; accordingly Cobbett cheekily drew his examples of faulty grammar from the writings and speeches of such renowned political leaders as the duke of Wellington, Lord Castler...more

Bibliography: (Alston ii 319, note)

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Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1823

Stock Number: 66393

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