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The Instructor, or American Young Man's Best Companion Containing Spelling, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetick
Fisher, George
Published by Isaiah Thomas, Worcester
Location of original: Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts
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58 The American Young Man's best Companion  

To keep Ink from Freezing or Moulding.

IN hard frosty Weather, Ink will be apt to freeze which if once it doth, it will be good for nothing ; it takes away all its Blackness and Beauty. To prevent which (if you have not the Conveniency of keeping it warm, or from the Cold) put a few Drops of Brandy, or other Spirits into it, and it will not freeze. And to hinder it moulding put a little Salt therein.

Familiar LETTERS on several Occasions, and divers Subjects.

BEFORE we enter upon Arithmetick, it may be proper to give some Examples of Letters on various Subjects and upon divers Occasions ; which Letters frequently read over, and some Times copied, may be a good Introduction to a handsome Style, and a commendable Manner of Writing ; besides the Help and Use they may be of in noting and observing the Method of spelling good English, and Orthographically placing Great Letters, or Capitals, where they ought to be ; and also in imprinting in the Mind the due Notion of Points, Stops, &c. and when and where to be made.

Letters are variously worded, and ought to properly to express the Desires, Thoughts, &c. of the Writer to the Reader, and thereby the Receiver of the Letter may fully understand and be justly informed of the Occasions, Wants and Intentions of the Sender.

Letters being writ on divers Subjects, and on sundry Occasions they may be ranked under these Denominations, or several Heads following, viz. Letters of proffered Assistance, of Thanks, of Excuse, of Reproof, of Advice or Counsel, or Recommendation, of Remonstrance, of Business, and of Amusement ; Letters Consolatory, Congratulatory, and Exhortory ; also familiar and mixed Letters, containing various Subjects.

I shall not have Room to touch upon every one of these particularly ; but I shall give sundry Examples promiscuously as follows, viz,

A Letter from a Son to his Father.

Honoured Father,

AS I have not had a Letter from you since your Favour of the 8th of October last, which I answered by the next Post, I take this Opportunity of inquiring after your Health, and that of my Sister. I have herewith sent you, Sir, by Sam-

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