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ENGLISH PUNCTUATION.

CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTION.

Sect. I. – TÅE IMPORTANCE AND" UJS.ES OF CORRECT

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No one will hesitate to admit, that.next iņ value to the capacity of discerning or discovering truth, and of feeling the blessed relations which we sustain to the Being who made us, and to our fellow-cezaiures, particularly those with,w!,om we are more in urediately connected, is the power by which inteligence and emotion are communicated from one nuitd, to another. By it the great and the gifted of past times have bequeathed to us many a rich legacy of thought and deed; and by it those of the present either re-create the old materials, or fashion new ones, for the delight and improvement of their own generation ; and transmit to the future to beings yet unborn — their treasures of wisdom, of genius, and of love. This power, it is needless to say, is language, oral and written, especially the latter.

But as oral speech has its tones and inflections, its pauses and its emphases, and other variations of voice,

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