Thomas Dawks, The Complete Englishman or The New London School (1685)
T. D.(alternate name for Thomas Dawks ) Note: 30/09/2005
The complete English-man. Or, The new London-school, instructing children & elder persons speedily to spell, read and write English. By teaching 1. To know vowels, consonants and diphthongs. 2. To divide words into syllables. 3. Needful observations on most of the letters of the alphabet; wherein it appears that syllables, though the same letters, have not alwaies one found; which is the reason there are so many bad readers. 4. All English words divided into syllables, which will prove a perpetual help, both as a dictionary for bad spellers, & as an expositor for hard words. 5. Arithmetick, so far as to division, &c. 6. A sure guid [sic] to teach a near print hand, by writing first upon red letters, then on white paper, having also the same red in black for a copy: whereby, with the hundredth part of the pains formerly taken there shall not be a man woman or child, but who shall write, read well, and cast account. For, 'tis verily presumed, none can peruse it, who shall not be bettered by it: for, hereby aliens may pose English men, and a child, his senior (otherwise more learned) as to true spelling and pronouncing English: making all bad and ignorant readers good and knowing persons. Humbly submitted to be learned by T.D.
T. Dawkes and Thomas Passinger
See British Library C.135.c.15
<i>Term Catalogues</i> II.128
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