Preface dated 1878. Author is credited with a Master of Arts degree and as Professor of Logic, Rhetoric, and English at the University of Rochester. Based on the author's teaching experience, this work supplements students' education in general grammar with teaching of grammar more specific to the English language. It also covers style and figurative language. It is intended for high schools and academies (the author wants students to possess this knowledge before entering college). It also offers advice on how to teach and structure lessons and assignments. The Schultz Archive copy contains the preface and pages 100 – 112, which are from a chapter titled Praxis in Composition.