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From the PREFACE.THE method of teaching herein proposed had its initial impulse, many years ago, in the desire of the writer to know Latin literature, and his impatience with the actual amount of reading power attained by him in his college course. At the outset there existed a conviction that the modern mind could not be so degenerate as to be incapable of reading Latin as the Romans read it, that is to say, in the Roman order, in the Roman medium, and at a rate of speed which would not be intolerably slow in the reading of a modern tongue. The nature of the aim dictated the method to be employed; and the employment of the method proved the soundness of the original conviction.The writer has for some years intended to publish an account of this method, as it has shaped itself in practical experience with successive classes. First, however, he desired to present it orally before a number of gatherings of teachers. As a beginning, accordingly, the address with which the pamphlet opens was read before the Holiday Conference of the Associated Academic Principals of the State of New York, held in Syracuse in December last. The interest with which the paper was received was so kindly, and the requests that it be published without further delay were so pressing, that it seemed best not to hold to the former intention.The pamphlet has not the form which was first intended, namely, that of plain exposition; for, in spite of the iteration of the personal pronoun, the form of direct appeal and explanation natural to an address proved to have its advantages. It has been necessary, however, to add to the address a considerable supplement.Though no explicit suggestions will be found in regard to the teaching of Greek, the substance of the method of course applies alike to either language.I am under a debt to many of my students of recent years, whose support of the method, though it was taken up by them under the sore necessity of an entire revolution of confirmed mental habits, has supplied me with the confidence that comes from concrete results. But I am under especial obligations to my sister, Miss Gertrude Elisabeth Hale, both for suggestions made earlier as a result of her own experience (the device mentioned on page 31 originated, so far as my own case goes, with her) and for a searching criticism of the proof of the present pamphlet, from the point of view of a teacher of preparatory Latin.