Text copyrighted 1897 and 1898. The author is credited as Professor of English at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The book is dedicated to Barrett Wendell. This textbook was designed for the first term of freshman composition at MIT, which is designed around weekly theme writing with instructor feedback. The sections of the book are: The Whole Composition (subject and title, unity, coherence, emphasis), The Paragraph (unity, coherence, emphasis), The Sentence (unity, coherence, emphasis), and Words (general and specific, conclusions). The first three sections each have a summary section at their ends. The Schultz Archive's copy is roughly the complete text.
This new edition, revised, re-arranged, and improved was published in 1851 and copyrighted in 1851. The author is credited as Reverend P. Bullions, Doctor of Divinity, Late Professor of Languages in the Albany Academy, and the author of the Series of Grammars, Greek, Latin, and English, on the Same Plan. (Making the teaching of these grammars the same is part of Bullions' method.) Bullions claims that this work intends to do more than summarize the foundational work of Murray's grammar. The author also credits the influence of Lennie, Angus, Connel, Grant, Crombie, Hiley, and Beck. Grammar is both a science and an art, according to the author. He attempts to make the principles of English grammar accessible to young students through the use of definitions to be committed to memory and numerous examples, such as examples of false syntax for correction. The text is divided into orthography, etymology, syntax, and prosody. The art of composition is given a handful of pages in the prosody section. The Schultz Archive only includes a very brief excerpt of the title page, preface and table of contents. The scans are good quality, but there is some highlighter throughout that obscures some text.
1880 printing of the 1878 copyrighted text. The author is credited as the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory in Harvard College. This treatise defines rhetoric as the art of efficient communication by language, communication implying both a speaker or writer and the audience. Part one, Composition in General, discusses and illustrates the general principles of written or spoken discourse. Its sections are: grammatical purity (including good use, barbarisms, solecisms, and improprieties), choice and use of words (including clearness, force, elegance, number of words, and arrangement of words). Part two, Kinds of Composition, covers principles of narrative and argumentative composition. The appendix cover rules of punctuation. The Schultz Archive's copy is roughly the complete text.