Early American Dictionary, Possession of Havre Man

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I by In accurately 17 the the EARLY AMERICAN DICTIONARY POSSESSION OF HAVRE MAN Havre, Fcb. 20.--What Is bo; lieved to bo one of the earliest American dictionaries has been exhibited exhibited here recently by its owner, Bert Chesner. Tho volume is one from tho sixth edition of Perry's Royal Standard English Dictionary. The first edition edition of this book, according to the dedication, w a s In 1788. This sixth edition, according to the date in tho appendix, was issued In 1S01. Mr. Chcssner says it has been lu t h e hands of some one of his family, family, probably since tho time of publication. publication. It first belonged to his great grandfather, Nathaniel Harriman, Harriman, of Owen's Sound, Ont., who originally ramo from Massachusetts, Massachusetts, who had migrated to the Ontario Ontario homo prior to June 17, 1776. Later t h e book came into the hands of Mr. Uhcssner's mother and himself. himself. The volume measuren about five by five and a quarter inches, and is about an inch and a half thick. The book contained at least 594 pages, which are yellowed and apparently apparently water btained. The binding binding is a heavy leather, which Is now chipping off In places. Both the old and new style "S'b" are used in the book, which contained some queer definitions. "Hobby" is a "little horse, a stick to ride upon"; , "what we passionately like"; or H l u p l d fellow." A "meeting Is a place "where dissenters "Meetness" Is "fitness, propeniess." "Triumph" is "joy for success." "Writings" a i e "legal conveyances." conveyances." "Yux" is "a hiccough." In tho appendix Is a long list of scripture names and a list of the principal cities, towns, rivers and mountains In tho known world, n u m b e r i n g a b o u t In the front Is a reproduction tho "dedication to the "First American Edition." dated at Worcester, Jan. 1, 1788. Tho. dedication Is "To tho American Academy of and Sciences-," this edition of Perry's Royal Standard English Dictionary, Dictionary, (being the first work of tho kind printed in America) intended intended to fix a standard for the p i o n u n c i a t i o n of the language conformably t o * t h e practice of riollte speakers In Britain and the United States; is h u m b l y subscribed by their obedient and very humble servant, Isaiah Thomas " Mr. Chessner tellb the tradition that when Nathaniel Harriman moved to Owen's Sound, two children were lost, one aged five years, apparently taken by tho Indians, on June 17, 1776. £ome years later one was believed in a band ot Indians which was known to have ravaged that

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  1. The Independent-Record,
  2. 21 Feb 1933, Tue,
  3. Page 7

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