Excerpt from The Rhode Island Schoolmaster, Vol. 11: January, 1865
Grammar, like its kindred sciences, is a fine study for the mature scholar. It is the Anatomy of Speech, as Rhetoric is its Physiology but the Hygiene, under the laws' of which the children must live even before they know them, is a separate department. How to rear the young in health of language, as well as in health of morals and of body, is a question well worthy of discussion by all who profess an interest in their welfare.
A boy's speech shows his breeding rather than his knowledge. It is one element of the training that he gets at home and among his fellows. As his society is polite or rude, . So will his manner of talk ing be. My forty boys have all had pretty much the same schooling; but in correctness of speech they differ as much as their parents.
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