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in using Hillard's books, follow the orthogra- will be readily seen by sending for a copy of the phy of Worcester's Dictionary, and that the “Critic Citicised," or Key to Hillard's Readers # fírm” of Brewer & Tileston are the pub- as they originally appeared. “Our pamphlet," lishers, also, of this late revision of Walker? also, “is worth sending for, if for no other Do they publish, in vindication of “ Truth,” reason than to show the merits,” &c. Who the fact of my never having called on a does not know that there are many passages in teacher, menıber of the School Board, or Shakespeare not exactly suitable for a school parent of a pupil attending the Boston reader? Why do the publishers of Hillard's schools, or that my agents, or the authors of Readers avail themselves of the many correcany book I publish, have never done so, to tions pointed out in the “Critic Criticised," ask that the Progressive Speaker might be and yet possess the brazen impudence of callretained ? Do Messrs. Brewer & Tileston ing me to an account for so kindly suggesting give notice that the books of the Progressive them? Series follow Webster's orthography, the In regard to the “ vote of the New Hampacknowledged standard throughout this coun- shire Board of Education," I need only say, try, and would be in this city were it not for that it adopted all the books of the Progressive local influences constantly at work? But Series necessary for the use of the common enough of this.
schools of the State. Few books, comparaThe general plan of Messrs. Brewer & tively, higher than the Progressive Fourth Tileston is — and so, too, it has been the cus- Reader, ever find their way into the common tom of the preceding “firm" — to obtain the schools of New England. privilege of having their publications entered In reply to B. & T.'s statement in reference upon the list of books permitted to be used by to “Vermont," I will simply remark, that the teachers in a town, and then to announce this Board of Education, in adopting the Progressas an adoption, “either in part or whole, of ive Series of Readers, could not adopt the Hillard's Series.” I refer more particularly Speller, as only a few pages had been electroto the schools of the city of New York, in typed at the time the decision was made; and which Hillard's books can not be found, therefore the “ Vermont Speller” was adopted. probably, in more than one school out of a The Progressive Speller, however, has since hundred. Any books may thus be added to found its way into many of the towns of the the “ list” by publishers making application. State. Worcester's large Speller was also Hillard's books were partially adopted by the adopted for High schools, but has since been schools of Philadelphia, and displaced almost found to be too impractical in its arrangement, immediately.
and much too expensive, for use. While stating that Hillard's and Worcester's Maine has now the Progressive Series in use Series are “increasing rapidly,” Messrs. B. & in nearly every town. Massachusetts is diviT. are careful not to announce that they are ded between the Progressive Series, Sargent's, decreasing still more so. They refer, in vari- Town's old, Lovell's, Tower's, Russell's, and a ous circulars, to Cleveland, New Bedford, few of Hillard's. Connecticut and Rhode IslManchester, Biddeford, Fryeburg, Bangor, and are divided in nearly the same proportion and many other towns, as using Millard's or as Massachusetts, wii h Hillard's little in use. Worcester's Series, while scarcely a book of
The schools of Providence, Rhode Island, aneither kind can be found in their schools. nounced as having adopted Hillard's Series,
On the twenty-first page of Messrs. Brewer have always used more books of the Progressive & Tileston's pamphlet, David Worcester, Esq., Series than they have of Hillard's. Portions Superintendent of schools, Bangor, Maine, à of both Series were adopted; but many teachrelative of the author of Worcester's Dictiona- ers bave discarded Hillard's, even preferring ry and “nominal” author of Worcester's Shakespeare to the compilation of his distinSpellers, gives his approval of Hillard's Series ; guished Boston compeer. Messrs. B. & T. and, from his recommendation, some persons also claim that Hillard's and Worcester's books would naturally suppose those books are now are in general use in several other towns, viz: in use in the schools of that city. Hillard's Portland, Augusta, Richmond, Thomaston, “ First Class Reader," the only book of the Wiscasset, Waldoboro', &c., in some of which series ever authorized by the school committee only one book of the series is used, while in of Bangor, has been lately displaced by the others but a partial introduction of the series adoption of the “Progressive Speaker;” while has been made. Worcester's Speller has been discarded alto- Such is the state of book-matters in New gether, and the Progressive Speller, in connec- England. And since Messrs. B. & T. have tion with the Progressive Series of Readers, is referred to the “increased use of Hillard's now in general use in the schools of Bangor. Series," as being the motive for my issuing
the “Even Exchange” circular, or, as termed “Our pamphlet,” says the “ Teacher," " is worth sending for, if for no other reason than to show the by Mr. Tileston, the Ellsworth circular, and in merits of the individual who sets himself up as the the same breath declare that their books critic of Shakespeare, Longfellow, Tennyson, Brownng, and Hillard."
are not so "unpopular and decliving" as to
induce them to make any " wholesale offers of That Mr. Hillard is not beyond criticism, even exchange” (see Massachusetts Teacher,
November number, 1862), it will not be unbe- & T. to publish the names of over three towns, coming in me, I trust, again to present proof of in which the Progressive books have been questionable veracity on their part, as they displaced within the past six months by the appear to forget entirely to-day what has adoption and introduction of Hillard's and taken place but yesterday. The following is a Worcester's Series, even though gross misrepspecimen of many letters recently received :- resentations have been resorted to, and their
" Free Circulating Library,” in the form of a Wilton, MAINE, Nov. 3, 1862. MR. ELLSWORTH.
Worcester's Quarto Dictionary, covers not only We can have Hillard's Readers the track of every agent in their employ, but and Worcester's Speller put into all our schools at the foot-prints of those who have displayed "even exchange.” I prefer your Readers and Speller in this respect a generosity worthy of a better (meaning Town and Holbrook's) although I am obliged to pay for them. Respectfully yours,
J. R. EATON. What reply do Messrs. Brewer & Tileston In the following named towns, the “in- make, after calling me a “ liar,” a “ publisher of creased” use of Hillard's and Worcester's falsehood,” one who " garbles,” guilty of Series appear to have been seen through a re
travestying,” &c., when it is here so fully proved
that Hillard's Series is on the “ decline"? flector:
And what think these high-minded publishers WATERBORO', ME., Nov. 6, 1862. The Committee of this town voted unanimously to of the "impure mind” of the author of the adopt the Progressive Series in place of Hillard's, now “Even Exchange,” as they meditate on the (Signed) S. K. HAMILTON, Chairman.
preceding votes ? MAYSVILLE, ME., Aug. 25, 1862. The publishers of Hillard's and Worcester's We have authorized the use of the Progressive Series must adopt some other mode than" guerbooks in the schools of this town, in place of Hil- rilla warfare,” if they would be successful in lard's Series. (Signed) T. M. RICHARDSON, Supervisor.
their present vocation. Until then, the author
of “ Èven Exchange ” “ will be happy to corMONTICELLO, ME., Nov. 3, 1862.
respond with committees and teachers ” who We have anthorized the use of the Progressive are desirous of getting rid of “poor books Series in place of Hillard's and Worcester's. (Signed) C. STACKPOLE,
foisted upon towns by importuning agents," C.S. PITCHER,
among whom the following is a fair specimen: PRESQUE ISLE, ME., Nov. 3, 1862.
PORTLAND, ME., June 9, 1862. We have authorized the use of Town and Hol- Friend
I understand the “firm” of Bazin brook's Series (Progressive) in all the public schools & Ellsworth have smashed, and that they will not be of the town, in place of Hillard's.
likely to come up to the letter of their agreement in (Signed) MOSEs Ross,
exchange of Readers. If they do not, you are under D. B. PIKE, Com. no obligations to them. I think you had better let D. STICKNEY,
the Progressive slide. I will furnish you Hillard's
and Worcester's on EVEN EXCHANGE, if you desire it. THOMASTON, MAINE, Aug. 20, 1862. * I think you would find it to your advantage
We have decided to adopt the Progressive to take our Readers, or at least not to take the ProgresReaders, by Town and Holbrook, in place of Hillard's,
(Signed) GEO. N. JACKSON. now in use. (Signed) C. PRINCE,
my estimate of the total number of pages Chairman. in Hillard's Readers, an error was inadvertentMANCHESTER, N. H., Oct. 1862.
ly made in not including the introductory or * The School Board of this city authorized the
other matter” in two books of the series. adoption of the Progressive Speller
in place of Wor- The number of pages was taken from the last hundred. The Progressive Readers are in use in all page of each book of both the Progressive Seof our schools, giving entire satisfaction.
ries and Hillard's. The author of the latter, (Signed) J. 0. ADAMS, Supt. however, it seems did not, for some reason, conStoxington, CT., Jan. 20, 1860.
sider the introductory or “other matter” – At a meeting of the Board of School Visitors of which, he admits, was prepared by another the town of Stonington, holden at the house of Elder person — worthy of enumeration with the S. s. Griswold, Jan, 20, 1800, for the purpose of ex- reading-matter, and hence my mistake. But amining school books with reference to their introduction into our district schools, it was voted,
even with this “other matter,” and the blank 1. That there are serious objections to the further leaves included, the corresponding numbers of 2. That we approve of Town and Holbrook's Pro. the Progressive Series contain more pages than gressive Series of Readers and their Speller, and Hillard's, and, when used, are a saving of eightyrecommend their introduction into our schools as eight cents on each entire set of the books. 3. That those of Hillard's now in the schools be
“ No member of the firm' of Swan, Brewexchanged for Town and Holbrook's.
er & Tileston,” says • Truth Vindicated,' S. S. GRISWOLD, Chairman of the Board of Visitors.
" had the least connection with this measure,
“ (the late enactment by the Legislature of The names of forty-one other towns, all in “ Maine in regard to school-books), either in New England, where school committees have “ favor of or against it. We knew not that come to similar conclusions, during the past " such an enactment was proposed until it had three months, can be given, if desired, to “ been adopted.” If Messrs. S., B. & T. intend show the “ increased popularity of Hillard's to say, that they had no interest in the passage and Worcester's Series ;” while I challenge B. of this law; that Mr. Brewer did not visit Au
gusta on that business; that their agent did not cording to the system of morals in which these use what little influence he could exert to carry gentlemen were schooled? If so, I certainly the same through the Legislature; that Mr. think that they need the kind sympathy of Brewer, in his late visit to Lincoln and Knox friends; and I'most sincerely commend them counties, did not assume to be the expounder of to the tender commiseration of those who will the new law, and attempt, though without suc- teach them a different kind of ethics. cess, to convince certain school officers that it It will at once occur to the school committees required an absolute change of books in every and teachers of New England, that Messrs. B. town not using Hillard's and Worcester's Series, & T.'s pamphlet, and their advertisement in the and that therefore the Progressive Series, in “ Massachusetts Teacher,” made their appeargeneral use, and giving entire satisfaction, ance at a moment when the authors supposed throughout the State, could not be established in it impossible for any refutation of their falseaccordance with the true intent and design of hoods and misrepresentations to be prepared, its provisions, - an exposition that could not or any vindication of “ Progressive assertions have been dreamed of by the Legislature, but made, in time for distribution previous to the one unwittingly bringing to light a deep-laid opening of the winter schools. However this scheme to revolutionize the school-books of the may be, I am thankful that the question at issue State, the main-spring of which is this new does not depend upon the statements and delaw, and one, too, pointing unmistakably to a nials of Mr. Hillard, Mr. Swan, or Messrs. B. familiarity with its origin, then, I say, they ut- & T., but upon the comparative merits of the two ter another deliberate falsehood.
series, which have been rivals for public favor Stung with disappointment by the practical from infancy to manhood. The Progressive workings of this law in Maine, it being directly Series, in keeping with its title, has been conthe reverse of what he anticipated, Mr. Brewer stantly growing in favor with the people, and, next made a visit to the residence of a member within the last twelve months, has so rapidly of the New Hampshire Legislature, in order to “increased in popularity,” that it has nearly obtain a similar school-book law to the one re- or quite doubled its previous yearly sales. cently enacted by the Legislature of Maine, I regret the necessity of again appearing bewith the necessary emendations to suit his pur- fore the public in self-defence. But having pose; and he would doubtless have been suc- been personally attacked, and accused of making cessful, had not timely warning been given to statements “unqualifiedly untrue,” in Messis. the true friends of education, and his selfish B. & T.'s " mendacious circular," just issued, and interested motives exposed. This is dis- “ I could not rest silent.” And I regret still appointment number two.
more, that a full and complete vindication of It is doubtless because of these signal failures “ truth," on my part, seemed to demand a of Messrs. B. and T.to suppress, by law, the use of somewhat personal reply. Town and Holbrook's Progressive Series in the With all the preceding facts before the pubStates of Maine and New Hampshire, and to lic, sustained as they are, on my part, by the establish the use of Hillard's and Worcester's most unquestionable testimony, I am quite willSeries in the same, that they, with all the appa- ing to let every unprejudiced reader decide for rent innocence of “angels of light,” so pitifully himself whether “a gratuitous and unprovoked claim the public sympathy in the very first line attack” has been made upon Messrs. B. and of their pamphlet, by stating that “a gratu- T., in the “Even Exchange” circular (or any itous and unprovoked attack.” has been made other ever issued by me), or whether it conupon them and certain of their publications by tains a single “fabrication," or a single “ accusathe author of “Even Exchange.”
tion” in which “there is no truth whatever, Does a deliberate and studied attempt of this not even the smallest shadow of truth;” and nature to do me so great a pecuniary injury, here I leave the question for the present. and the schools of these two States a still
OLIVER ELLSWORTH. greater injury, simply because it was unsuccessful, lose its moral turpitude or criminality, ac- Boston, Nov., 1862.