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ter, and the seventeoth verse. So B. IX. Sect. 24. sigoifies book the piath, and the tweoty-fourth section.
Figures are also used to express the things following, namely,
1. The order or succession of things, as 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 10tb, 39th ; first, Second, third, &c.
2. The fractions or parts of a thing, as 4 one ball, one third part, & one fourth, or quarter, two thirds, & quarters, five eighths, &c.
3. The numbers of action, as 2ce twice, 3ce thrice.
4. The size of books, 4to quarto, svo octavo, 12mo duodecimo or twelves, 24mo eweoty-four.
5. The months, as 7br September, sbr October, gbr November, 10br De. cember.
TABLE XIV.-A Table of Letters and other Marks used for
whole Words in Money, Weights,' Measures, &c.
m. Minute. 1. a poudd, or 20 shillings Apothecaries Weights and Mea 8. or f. a shilling or 12 pence
sures. d. a penny, or 4 farthings q. a farthing; or thus,
ip Pound, or pint One farthing
3 Ounce An halfpenny.
3 Dram or drachm Three farthings
Scruple 8l. 16s. 7d. , Eight pound, six- gr. Grain
teen shillings, and seven- ss. half :: pence farthing
Zii. Two ounces
gt. Drop C. an hundred weight
m. Handful q. a quarter of an hundred
ana. Equal quantity. I a pound
Numbers. pwt. Pennyweight bhd. Hogshead
6 + 2 six more two, or six ingal. Gallon,
creased by two. yd. Yard
6—2 six less two, or six lessennl. Nail
ed by two. mo. Month
X2 six multiplied by two.
six divided by two. h. Hour
oz. an ounce
63+3 six is equal to three
d. Day 1
The Seven wandering Stars, called, The Seven Planets.
The Sun. ( Tbe Moon.
But by the best philosophers in ḥ Saturo.
our age, the Sun is supposed to rest 24 Jupiter, or Jove. in the centre, and that the Earth is a Mars.
planet, and then is sometimes marked Venus. 8 Mercury According to the vulgar Philosophy, the Planets may be thus
described in their Order.
The Moon keeps always near:
And Saturn's highest sphere.
First Saturn, Jupiter and Mars,
And round the Earth the Moon :
And makes a glorious poon.
The Twelve Heavenly Signs or Constellations, or Companies of fixed Stars, through which the Sun passes in a Year.
r Aries, or the Ram.
Libra, the Scales.
* Pisces, the Fishes.
The Ram, the Bull, the heavenly Twins,
The Virgin and the Scales,
And Fish with glittering tails,
THE LAST TABLE.
I persuade myself that I shall gratify many of my readers, by inserting here several copies composed for the use of children at the writing school. I. Copies containing Moral Instructions, beginning with
every Letter of the Alphabet.
Zeal and charity join'd. Make you pious and kind. Note, The letter X begins no English word, so that we must begin that line with Ex; unless the reader will choose this instead of it, namely,
X is such a cross letter, Balks my morals and metre.
A dazzling triumph quickly flown, is but a gay vexation.
Virtue in an eminent station raises our esteem.
Astronomers can trace A comet's various race.
IT may not be amiss to conclude this little book with a short view of the unspeakable advantages of Reading and Writing
The knowledge of letters is one of the greatest blessings that ever God bestowed on the children of men. By this means we preserve for our own use, through all our lives, what our memory would have lost in a few days, and lay up a rich treasure of knowledge for those that shall come after us.
But the Arts of Reading and Writing we can sit at home and acquaint ourselves what is done in all the distant parts of the world, and find what our fathers did long ago in the first ages of mankind. By this means a Briton holds correspondence with his friends in America or Japan, and manages all his traffic. We learn by this means how the old Romans lived, how the Jews worshipped: We learn what Moses wrote, what Enoche prophesied, where Adam dwelt, and wbat he did soon after the creation; and those who shall live when the day of judgment comes, may learn by the same means what we now speak, and what we do in great Britain, or in the land of China.
In short, the Art of Letters does, as it were, revive all the past ages of men, and set them at once upon the stage; and brings all the nations from afar, and gives them, as it were, a general interview : so that the most distant nations, and distant ages of mankind, may converse together, and grow into acquaintance.
But the greatest blessing of all, is the knowledge of the Holy Scripture, wherein God has appointed his servants in ancient times to write down the discoveries which he has made of his power and justice, bis providence and his grace, that we who live near the end of time may learn the way to heaven and everlasting happiness.
Thus Letters give us a sort of immortality in this world, and they are given us in the word of God to support our immortal hopes in the vext.
Those therefore who wilfully neglect this sort of knowledge, and despise the Art of Letters, need no heavier curse or pu. nishment than what they chuse for themselves, namely, “ To Jive and die in ignorance, both of the things of God and man.'
If the terror of such a thought will not awaken the slothful to seek so much acquaintance with their Mother Tongue, as may render them capable of some of the advantages bere described, I know not where to find a persuasive that shall work upou souls that are sunk down so far into brutal stupidity, and 80 unworthy of a reasonable pature.