1851 printing of the 1851 copyrighted text. The author is credited with a Master of Arts and as Rector of the Henry-Street Grammar School in New York. The text was designed to fill a gap in composition textbooks for students ages 9 to 12. The first fifty pages use inductive lessons with exercises to familiarize students with the nature and use of the different parts of speech so they can recognize them and supply them when given incomplete sentences. Following this the text offers a more difficult treatise on grammar with different kinds of clauses and sentences, preparing the students for the rules of punctuation. Next are capitals and spelling. Then students are ready to express themselves in their own language, prompted with suggestive words to write sentences of every kind. Style is then taught with the properties of purity, propriety, precision, clearness, strength, harmony, and unity with examples for correction. Students are also taught different kinds of composition, such as letters, descriptions, narrations, biographical sketches, essays, and arguments, and three main figures of speech. 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.
1851 printing of the 1851 copyrighted text. The author is credited as Reverend P. Bullions, Doctor of Divinity and the author of the Series of Grammars, Greek, Latin, and English, on the Same Plan. Bullions's Progressive Exercises text is intended to give students an opportunity to apply what they have learned in his Principles of English Grammar grammar handbook to distinguished literary works. The does, however, have directions for analysis and parsing on paged 5 thru 29.The short work includes selections of poetry and prose that the students are expected to analyze and parse in order to exercise the principles that they previously learned. As such, this text is a supplementary work that is not expected to stand alone. The Schultz Archive includes everything up to page 73, where the text abruptly ends. The scans are good quality, however.