Latin Without Tears or One Word a Day

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To my little readers:

Did I not say in my last letter to you when I gave you the Captivity, that I could, write no more books, for that I was too weak, and ill, and old? Yet I have given you now another book. What is the reason of this? Is it that I am grown well and young? Oh no! We never grow younger.

But it is not I who have written this book, but two little boys, Freddie and Willie, under the care of a governess. I was so sorry to see little boys often crying over their Latin lessons, and I thought of this plan of telling them a word a day, and I told the little boys to make sentences with them. At breakfast there were shouts of joy on hearing the new word, and there were leaps as well as shouts when running into the drawing-room after breakfast to show me their new sentences upon their slates.

After one year and a half these boys, between seven and nine years old, could read the Latin extracts from St. John at the end of this book. The story of Jesus is the most beautiful in the world. It was not first written in Latin, but in Greek, yet it shall be sung in ALL languages by some of all nations when Christ returns in glory. May you all be there to sing it with

Your loving Grandmama,


Rivulet, Dec, 7, 1876.

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    The first page starts with a list of first declension nouns paired with first conjugation verbs. There are 14 nouns and 12 verbs.