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From the New-York Baptist Register, Nov. 22, 1844. This is one of the most valuable school books we have had put into our nands in many a day. It is from the press of the Harpers, from which many important works are issued, but rarely have they published one of equal advantage to the rising generation.
The object of the author is to train the young mind to think. Every chapter shows this, and requires thorough study to be advantageously mastered, out when acquired, it will be seen that the pupil has made substantial progress. We believe, with the author, that there is a great mistake in devoting so much attention to reading and speaking, and so small a portion of time in teaching the art of correctly writing the language.
From the Roman Citizen, Dec. 3, 1844. This valuable treatise has been compiled under the pressure of an evil which has hitherto greatly impaired the completeness of the usual course of instruction in our common schools and academies. Hitherto there has been no elementary work in use, of the right stamp, on the science and history of the English language and literature, and the youth of our elementary schools have been left, in quite too many cases, to grow up without any true and available knowledge of the correct use of their mother tongue.
Mr. Boyd, who has for many years had charge of one of the best academies in this state, perceived the sad effects of this deficiency, and has had the skill to work out a remedy. Commencing with the rudiments of language, kis plan is, to lead the pupil on from one step to a higher, and to furnish him with familiar illustrations of every principle inculcated, until he has so mastered the rules of the most elevated composition.
We hope to see Mr. Boyd's treatise generally used in our common schools end academies.
From the Oswego Daily Advertiser, May 2, 1845. Mr. EDITOR: During the session of the Teacher's Association in Oswego, I took occasion to speak before them
in behalf of Rev. Mr. Boyd's work on Rhetoric and Literary Criticism. They unanimously passed a resolution expressive of the opinion that the science and art of communicating thoughts on paper should be taught in our common schools. Indeed, if it be not, many pass through life without the ability even of writing a letter correctly, much less elegantly ; and that, too, for the plain reason, that comparatively few have an opportunity to attend the higher institutions of learning.
Mr. Boyd's motto in preparing his book must have been multum in parvo, for it comprises much valuable matter in a small space ; in other words, it concentrates the lights of many highly gifted minds upon the subject of which it treats. I have never seen a book which, in my judgment, is so well adapted to the great purposes of teaching composition and rhetoric in schools of every grade, as this new and most excellent publication. I have no possible pecuniary interest in the sale of the work, but my decided conviction of its merits prompts me to recommend it to the examination of teachers, parents, and all who feel an interest in promoting the noble and blessed career of popular education.
SAMUEL N. SWEET, Author of “ Sweet's Elocution."
From the Jeffersonian, Nov. 26, 1844. We have devoted no inconsiderable space to a critical notice of " Boyd's Rhetoric,” and we wish that we could convince our readers that the sub
ject is deserving of the space and the attention bestowed upon it. It should be in the hands of every student and every man who writes for the press or for public speaking. It is, indeed, a guide to the pens of all who wander in doubt, hesitating, seeking the right way, but uncertain as to the landmarks. It will make easy and smooth what at first view appears dry and forbidding.
The following is an extract from the critical notice above referred to :
One reason, and probably the chief one, why the study of rhetoric has received so little attention in our common schools is, that there has been no suitable text-book. Blair, Newman, Jameson, and others have long been in use in our higher academies and colleges, but they are intended for ad. vanced scholars, and hence are not adapted to our common schools. Frost's and Parker's Exercises have been used to a certain extent, but we have seen no work which so completely meets the want as the one noticed at the head of this article. In this, both the style and matter are calculated to interest, instruct, and inform the young, as well as the advanced scholar and general reader.
The arrangement is admirable, commencing with the simplest principles, and leading the scholar along gradually to the higher
and most important. We commend the book most cordially to teachers of common schools and academies, to all interested in the progress of the cause of education, and to contributors to the newspaper press.
From the Albany Daily Advertiser, Nov. 8, 1844. BOYD'S RHETORIC. This work is fitted to take the science of Rhetoric out of its place among the drier branches of education, and to invest it with no small degree of attraction. It begins with the very alphabet of the science, and is so perfectly simple that quite a young child may be put to the study of it with advantage. At the same time, it is a very complete view of the subject, and contains much that is not found in any similar treatise.
The work has already received the warm approbation of some of our best judges, and we can not doubt that it is destined to take a high place among kindred works, and to bring to its author the grateful acknowledgments, not only of teachers, but of all who are interested in the great and good cause of education.
From the Albany Religious Spectator, Nov. 9, 1844. This work meets an important desideratum in the economy of education. Its plan is, so far as we know, entirely new, the arrangement perfectly systematic, and the execution characterized throughout by good taste and good judgment.
It is published under the most favorable auspices, bearing, as it does, the high recommendation of many who are best qualified to judge, and whose opinions on such subjects are regarded as authority. Mr. Boyd has not only done himself great credit, but has conferred a favor upon his geueration, and, we doubt not, upon posterity also, by sending forth his judicious and excellent work.
Extract from a Review of the work in the Biblical Repertory and Princeton
Review, Oct., 1845. This little work has two great merits: one is, its tendency to promote and facilitate the early practice of English composition; the other is, a great variety of information as to books and authors, and the language itself, which it brings within the reach of ordinary teachers and their pupils. Ita
faults arise almost entirely from its being, as the title-page avows, a compilation.
As usual, our statement of particular defects fills much more space than our general commendation, which we think it proper, therefore, to repeat, by stating it as our opinion, that the adoption of this little manual in schools, and even in the lower classes of our colleges, would, under the direction of judicious teachers, tend to great improvement in the art of composition, and to the diffusion of much useful information as to English literature. Mr. Boyd has evidently taken special pains to make the literary merits of the Bible, and the literature of our own country, duly prominent in his compilation, although chiefly drawn from British sources.
Similar notices and recommendations have appeared in the Albany Argus, Aidany Evening Journal, Black River Journal, and other periodicals.
This work, prepared for schools by the author of the “Rhetoric,” professes to teach the Science of Human Duty in a lucid and thorough manner; and also to unfold the moral structure, capacities, and active principles of man. To youth nothing is of greater importance than a knowledge of their moral and active powers, and an acquaintance with the proper method of employing them in the performance of the various duties of life. Should not some text-book on this subject be constantly employed in every academy and district school ? Must not the education of our youth be extremely imperfect without it? Whether the “ Eclectic Moral Philosophy," when the character of its contents, its moderate price, and handsome style of publication are considered, is entitled to a preference over other works on the same subject, is submitted to the judgment of instructors, upon an examination and trial of the work. The science of Moral Philosophy, in this day of educational improvement, should not be undervalued and neglected as it has ever been. It should take rank, as a matter of course, with Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
The work has an advantage which no other of the kind can possess, of suggesting to the pupil the works and authors where the various topics are more extensively treated. It is, in fact, an excellent guide-book for an exploration of the wide and tangled field of moral science.--Bib. Repository.
We commend this comprehensive volume, as one of great utility, to all teachers and students especially, also the private reader, as an admirable epitomized system of moral philosophy.- American Review.
This is an excellent book. Mr. Boyd has, in our judgment, succeeded in presenting “the science of human actions" with such steady reference to ihe only true sources of that science as will commend the book warmly to all the best friends of popular education. The work is strictly a compilation, and the merit of the compiler, which is great, consists in the taste and judgment which he has every where shown in the effort to make it not merely a profound, but a really practical treatise.- Teacher's Advocate
It is better adapted to the wants of learners than any manual of the kind we have seen.-Princeton Biblical Repertory.