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Lindley Murray


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Lindley Murray : Introduction to the English Reader

'In the Fenwick Note to The Pet-lamb, W[ordsworth] recalled: "Within a few months after the publication of this poem, I was much surprised and more hurt to find it in a child's School-book which, having been compiled by Lindley Murray, had come into use at Grasmere School ... "'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: William Wordsworth      Print: Book


Lindley Murray : Murray's Grammar

'... I also enlarged my acquaintance with English literature, read Johnson's "Lives of the Poets", and, as a consequence, many of their productions also. Macpherson's "Ossain", whilst it gave me a glimpse of our most ancient love, interested my feelings and absorbed my attention. I also bent my thoughts on more practical studies, and at one time had nearly the whole of Lindley Murray's "Grammar" stored in my memory, although I never so far benefited by it as to become ready at pausing.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Bamford      Print: Book


Lindley Murray : Grammar

'When William Lovett arrived in London [from Newlyn, in the 1820s] he possessed a Cornish accent but no useful knowledge, and immediately set about remedying these twin defects with the aid of "Lindley Murray's Grammar".'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: William Lovett      Print: Book


Lindley Murray : Power of Religion

'Mrs C read me part of Murray's Power of religion.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: [Mrs] Cole      Print: Book


Lindley Murray : English grammar

'When I first ventured to write a sentence for publication, having a deep sense of my profound ignorance of the rules of punctuation, I applied myself to the study of Lindley Murray's grammar -- then the one accepted authority for English people. He gave seventeen rules for the right placing of the comma, and I thought it my duty to endeavour to master them. But my patience did not hold out [...] I threw aside the seventeen rules of punctuation, and in their stead placed on one mental page the simple definitions of the respective values of periods, colons, semi-colons, and commas which I had learnt as a child, and then took which ever common sense and observation pointed out as suitable to my purpose; and in the end I found that I had escaped any special criticism.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Missing Sewell      Print: Book


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