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, or to provide ways and means for the universal propagation of such a language. The fancied every-day uses of the art he thus pictured in a letter to S. J. May: My attention has recently been drawn to the subject of Ms. July 17, 1845. Phonography and Phonotypy, and I want you, as a friend of universal reform, to look into it; for I am persuaded you will be delighted with it, as I have been. It is a new system of writing and printing, invented by Mr. Isaac Pitman, a teacher in Bath, England, by which the ignorant masses may be taught to read and write in an almost incredibly short space of time— compressing the labor of months into weeks, and of years into months. As a teacher and a scholar, you know how monstrous and endless are the absurdities and perplexities of English orthography, and how laborious is the ordinary mode of writing. But here is a system devised which brings order out of chaos, makes everything plain, simple, consistent, and infallibly sure, surpasses s
this it was proposed to form a new church in Boston, and in 1698 Thos. Brattle gave a piece of land in Brattle square for this purpose. From the outset there was no doubt who should be the minister. Rev. Benj. Colman sympathized with the liberal sentiment of the founders; indeed he had gone to England because he was unwilling to take up the ministry at the time he was preaching in the Medford church on such hard and fast terms as were then required. A call was extended to him while in Bath, England, to become pastor of the newly formed Brattle-square Church, and it being doubtful whether the elders of Boston would ordain him, precaution was taken to have him ordained in England so that on his arrival he should have the full legal rights of a Congregational minister. The innovations of this new church seem to us very mild. They consisted, first, in the admission of members to the church without the relation of experiences, upon their confession of the Westminster creed; second, t
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