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Primer and Language Lessons in English and Cree (First Nations, Residential Schools)
William Briggs, Toronto 1890 - Gray-green cloth over boards, title and decorations stamped in black onto upper board, 12mo (7-1/8 inches tall), pp. 109, yellow endpapers. Printed in English and Cree, with Cree in syllabic characters opposite. Cover a little soiled with blue pencil swirl to p. 4 [blank], one leaf with a dog-ear crease, one leaf with a 1 cm closed tear to fore-edge [not affecting text] and faint tide line [0.5 cm deep] to head of both feps. A solid, clean copy - given it's primary intended use, of an uncommon lesson book. From the preface "In the Indian Schools of our country, teachers and missionaries have labored at a disadvantage with the primers compiled for White Schools. Those text-books are adapted for pupils who talk English before they enter school. Indian children must begin conversational and written English at the same time. In view of this fact, the exercises in the Primer and English Lessons have been prepared.". One of the lessons is "Model Letter", dated 1890 at Morley, Alberta. "Dear Father and Mother, It is two years since I came here. At first I was lonesome, but now, though I often think of you, I am glad I was sent here to learn English and to work . Your loving son, Thomas. / Chief Sampson, Bear's Hill, Alta.". Ref. Pilling (Bibliography of the Algonquian Languages) p. 324. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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