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YALE-COLLEGE, Nov. 27, 1799. I HAVE read DaBoll's SCHOOLMASTER'S Assistant. The arrangement of the different branches of Arithmetic is judicious and perspicuous. The author has weil esplained Decimal Arithmetic, and has applied it in a plain and elegant manner in the solution of various questions, and especially to those relative to the Federal Computation of money., I think it will be a very useful book to Schoolmasters and their pupils.
JOSIAH MEIGS, Professor of
Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. [Since Surveyor-General of the United States.)
I HAVE given soine attention to the work above menttioned, and concur with Mr. Professor Meigs in his opin ion of its merit.
NOAH WEBSTER. New-Haven, December 12, 1799.
RUODE-ISLAND COLLEGE, Nov. 30, 1793.
ASA MESSER, Professor of
| President of that Institution.)
PLAINFIFLD ACADEMY, APRIL 20, 1802. I MAKE use of DABOLI'S SCHOOLMASTER'S ASSISTANT, in teaching common Arithmetic, and think it the best calculated Tur that purpose of any which has fallen within my observation.
JOHN ADAMS, Rector of
Plainfield Academy. [Now Principal of Phillips' Academy, Andover, Mass.
BILLERICA ACADEMY, (MASS.) DEC. 10, 1807. HAVING examined Mr. Davoll's System of Arithimetic, I am pleased with the judgment displayed in his method, and the perspicuity of his explanations, and thinking it as easy and comprehensive a system as any with which I am arquainted, can cheerfully recommend it to the patronage of Instructors.
FROM MR. KENNEDY, TEACHER OF MATHEMATICS.
I BECAME acquainted with DaBoll's SchoolMASTER's Assistant, in the year 1802, and on examining it attentively, gave it my decided preference to any other system extant, and iinmediately adopted it for the pupils under my charge ; and since that time have used it exclusively in elementary tuition, to the great advantage and improvement of the student, as well as the ease and assistance of the Preceptor. I also decm it equally well calculated for the benefit of individuals in private in. struction; and think it my duty to give the labour and ingenuity of the author the tribute of my hearty approval and recommendation.
ROGER KENNEDY. New-York, March 20, 1811.
THE design of this work is to furnish the schools of the United States with a methodical and comprehensive systein of Practical Arithmetic, in which I have endeavoured, through the whole, to have the rules as concise and familiar, as the nature of the subject will permit.
During the long period which I have devoted to the instruction of youth in Arithmetic, I have made use of various systems which have just claims to scientific merit; but the authors appear to have been deficient in an important point--the practical teacher's experience.-They have been too sparing of examples, especially in the first rudiments; in consequence of which, the young pupil is hurried through the ground rules too fast for his capacity. This objection I have endeavoured to obviate in the following treatise.
In teaching the first rules, I have found it lest to encourage the attention of scholars by a variety of easy and familiar questions, which might serve to strengthen their minds as their studies grow inore arduous.
The rules are arranged in such order as to introcluce the most simple and necessary parts, previous to Wiose which are more abstruse and difficult.
To enter into a detail of the whole work would be tedious; I shall therefore notice only a few particulars, and refer the reader to the contents.
Although the Federal Coin is purely decimal, it is so nearly allied to whole numbers, and so absolutely necessary to be understood by every one, that I have introduced it immediately after addition of whole numbers, and also shown how to find the value of goods therein, immediately after simple multiplication; which may be of great advantage to many, who perhaps will not have an opportunity of learning fractions.
In the arrangement of fractions, I have taken an entire new method, the advantages and facility of which will sufficiently apologize for its not being according to other systems. As decimal fractions may be learned much easier than vulyar, and are more simple, useful, and neces. sary, and soonest wanted in more useful branches of Arithmetic, they ought to be learned first, and Vulgar Fractions omitted, until further progress in the scieliceshall make thein necessary.
It may be well to obtain it general idea of them, and to attend to two or three easy prwlemtherein: after which, the scholar may learn secimals, which will be necessary in the reduction of cure rencies, computing interst, and many other branches.
Besides, to obtain a thorough knowledge of Vulgar Fractions, is generally a task too hard for young
scholars who have marle no further progress in Arithmetic thaja Reduction, and often discourages thein.
I leave therefore placed a few problems in Fractions, according to the method above hinted ; and after going through the principal mercantile rules, have treated upon Vulgar Fractions at large, the scholar being now capable of going through them with advantage and ease.
In Simple Interest, in Federal Money, I have given several new and concise rules ; some of which are particularly uesigned for the use of the compting-house.
The Appendix contains a variety of rules for casting Interest, Rebate, &c. together with a number of the most easy and useful problems, for measuring superficies and solids, examples of forms commonly used in transacting business, useful tables, &c. which are designed as aids in the common business of life.
Perfect accuracy, in a work of this nature, can hardly be expected ; errors of the press, or perhaps of the author, inay have escaped correction. If any such are point. ed out, it will be considered as a mark of friendship and favor, by
The public's most humble