Thomas Dilworth

The Reverend Mr. Thomas Dilworth (died 1780) was an English cleric and author of a widely used schoolbook, both in Great Britain and America, ''A New Guide to the English Tongue.'' Noah Webster as a boy studied Dilworth's book, and was inspired partly by it to create his own spelling book on completely different principles, using pictures and stories of interest to children. By some accounts Dilworth was one of the few schoolbooks used by Abraham Lincoln. Published in 1740, by 1773, it was in its thirty-sixth edition. The last American edition was published in 1827 in New Haven, Connecticut. The full-page frontispiece portrait of the author was well-known to generations of doodling school children and is mentioned in Dickens; in ''Sketches by Boz.'' Chapter X there is a humorous description of rowers' togs on the Thames: :They approach in full aquatic costume, with round blue jackets, striped shirts, and caps of all sizes and patterns, from the velvet skull-cap of French manufacture, to the easy head-dress familiar to the students of the old spelling-books, as having, on the authority of the portrait, formed part of the costume of the Reverend Mr. Dilworth. The other front matter provides an extensive preface, a dedication to the Anglican schools of Great Britain and Ireland, recommendations from educators and a full-page poetic encomium to Dilworth by J. Duick: What thanks, my friend, should to thy care be given Which makes the paths to science smooth and even. Henceforth our youth who tread thy flowery way, Shall ne'er from rules of proper diction stray; No more their speech with barbarous terms be filled No more their pens a crop of nonsense yield.

Dilworth's book plays the part of a paragon in the poem "The Rising Village" by Oliver Goldsmith about the influences of improper education in a Nova Scotia community.

Dilworth also wrote other schoolbooks on arithmetic and bookkeeping. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1784
Printed and sold by Hugh Gaine, bookseller and stationer, at the Bible, in Hanover-Square
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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1784
Printed and sold by Joseph Crukshank, in Market-Street, between Second and Third-Streets
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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1793
Printed by John Buel, no. 28, Wall-Street
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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1796
Printed and sold by Peter Brynberg
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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1797
Printed by Samuel Green, for Naphtali Judah, New-York
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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1799
Printed and sold by Bonsal and Niles. Also sold at their book-store, no. 173, Market-Street, Baltimore
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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1795
Printed & sold by Thomas & William Bradford, wholesale and retail booksellers and stationers, no. 8, South-Front Street
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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1799
Printed and sold by Peter Brynberg

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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1773
Printed and sold by William M'Alpine, in Marlborough-Street
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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1772
printed and sold by Richard and Henry Causton (successors to the late Mr. Henry Kent) at the Printing Office, No. 21, in Finch-Lane, near the Royal Exchange

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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1762
printed and sold by Henry Kent
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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1780
printed and sold by Richard and Henry Causton (successors to the late Mr. Henry Kent)
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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1752
printed and sold by Henry Kent, at the Printing-Office in Finch-Lane, near the Royal Exchange
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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1791
printed for A. Millar, W. Law, and R. Cater; and Wilson, Spence, and Mawman, York
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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1746
printed and sold by H. Kent, at the Printing-Office in Finch-Lane, near the Royal Exchange

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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1767
printed and sold by Henry Kent, at the Printing Office in Finch-Lane, near the Royal Exchange
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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1777
Printed and sold by Henry Kent, at the Printing-Office, No. 21, in Finch-Lane, near the Royal Exchange
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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1794
Printed for the booksellers
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by Dilworth, Thomas
Published 1766
Printed and sold by Henry Kent, at the Printing Office in Finch-lane near the Royal Exchange