Grammatical Institutes, or, An Easy Introduction to Dr. Lowth's English Grammar: Designed for the Use of Schools, and to Lead Young Gentlemen and Ladies into the Knowledge of the First Principles of the English Language
by John Ash
at the College of William & Mary.
|Author||Robert Lowth and John Ash|
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Robert Lowth (1710 – 1787), was an Anglican Bishop, Hebrew scholar, and Oxford professor. His Short Introduction to English Grammar (1762) was one of the most influential English textbooks of its time, remaining in use into the 20th-century. Among other precepts, Lowth was responsible for the idea that ending a sentence on a preposition is grammatically incorrect.
John Ash (c. 1724 – 1779) was an English minister and lexicographer who published an English dictionary, as well as this "Easy Introduction" to Lowth's Grammar, first published in 1763. Ash added lessons in "bad" and "good" English, as well as a list of books "proper for young gentlemen and ladies" to "to shorten the path to knowledge."
Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library
Thomas Jefferson's inventory of books inherited from Wythe lists "Ash's Introduction to Lowthe's grammar. 12mo." as a book kept for Jefferson's collection.
- Robin C. Alston, A Bibliography of the English Language from the Invention of Printing to the Year 1800, vol. 1, English Grammars Written in English (Leeds, E. J. Arnold & Son, 1965), 33.
- Epes Sargent, The Life and Public Services of Henry Clay, Down to 1848, ed. Horace Greeley (Auburn, NY: Derby & Miller, 1852), 14.
- Read this book at the Internet Archive.