The Accidence: Or First Rudiments of English Grammar.

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Creator

Ellin Devis

Title

The Accidence: Or First Rudiments of English Grammar.

Publisher

Bedwell Law

Date

1786

Coverage

London

Subject

5th ed.

Description

From a family of respected painters, Devis (1746–1820) was the schoolmistress at various London schools. She taught the novelist Maria Edgeworth, who at 13 and 14 was miserable as Devis’s student because her superior intellect was neither recognized nor challenged. As founder of the school then known as “the Young Ladies’ Eton,” Devis wrote this book to make the study of grammar “less difficult to children.” Disclaiming originality, she said that “the greatest part is selected from the works of our best grammarians.” She was uncommonly forthright.