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LETTER-WRITERS, AUTHORS, PRINTERS, AND

CORRECTORS OF THE PRESS;

AND FOR

THE USE OF SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIES.

TVíth an Appendir,

CONTAINING RULES ON THE USE OF CAPITALS, A LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS,
HINTS ON THE PREPARATION OF COPY AND ON PROOF-READING,

SPECIMEN OF PROOF-SHEET, ETC.

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Enterod according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, by

JOHN WILSON,
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.

University Press :
Joux WILSON AND Son, CAMBRIDGE.

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PREFACE TO THE TWENTIETH EDITION.

In 1826 an edition of this work, designed solely for printers; was first published. In 1850 the second edition appeared, greatly enlarged, and designed for letter-writers, authors, printers, and correctors of the press.

In 1855 the author, in his Preface to the third edition, says:

“ In presenting anew the following treatise, the author would say, that, agreeably to the admission contained in the closing paragraph of the Preface to the second edition, he has embraced the opportunity of making what is conceived to be further improvements, by changing occasionally the modes of expression, enlarging the remarks and exercises, rewriting and extending the section on compound and derivative words, drawing up a more copious list of abbreviations, offering to young authors some considerations on the preparation of copy,' and appending a full and minute Index. He feels justified in affirming, that not only in its present form, but in its past, this book is the most complete of any on the subject that he has seen."

And now, three years after the author's death, this edi. tion the twentieth is offered to the public, in the hope that it may still continue to merit the approval awarded to former editions.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.

1871.

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