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FOR THE COUNTING ROOM, COMMERCIAL AND AGRICULTURAL

COLLEGES, NORMAL AND HIGH SCHOOLS,

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H. B. BRYANT, AND H. D. STRATTON,
TOCI DERS AND PROPRIETORS OF THE "NATIONAL QUAIN OF MERCANTILE COLLEGK3,"
LOCATED AT NEW YORK, PHILADELPHIA, ALBANI, BUFFALO, CLEVELAND,

DETROIT, CHICAGO, AND ST. LOUIB

NEW YORK:
OAK LEY AND MASON.

1865.

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Katered, according to Aot of Congress, in the year 1800, by

H. K. BRYANT & H. D. STRATTON, In tbe Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.

LECTROTY BY SMITH & MCDOUGAL,

82 de 84 Beekman St.

J, M. JOHNSON,
Printer and Binder,

BUFFALO, N. Y.

PREFACE.

EVERY book-and especially every text-book-should have a twofold reason for its existence: first, a want which it is designed to meet, and, secondly, an adaptedness to supply that want. A work which meets these conditions needs no apology for its appearance.

The preparation of the present treatise was undertaken at the earnest solicitation of Messrs. BRYANT and STRATTON. Their intimate acquaintance with the wants of business students, resulting from an extensive experience in Commercial Instruction, revealed to them an urgent demand for such a work, and suggested its general plan.

The Authors have also been engaged, many years, as teachers of Arithmetic and Commercial Calculations in the first schools and commercial colleges of the country, or in some of the most practical departments of business. The result of this experience is the conviction that a work presenting fully the applications of arithmetic to actual business, and discussing thoroughly the general principles of mercantile transactions, has long been a desich eratum. True, there are some excellent works on arithmetic, in which considerable space is devoted to business forms and transactions. In no one of these, however, with which we are acquainted, are these subjects treated with sufficient fullness or thoroughness for commercial students. By searching through half a score of the best arithmetics now published, most of the information designed may possibly be obtained. The present treatise embodies this information in one volume, and presente, in part, our idea of what is needed.

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