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From the Nashua (N. H.) Telegraph.
"'Hill's Manual' is one of the most beautiful and useful books ever published. It is a book for everybody, man, woman and child. No one can fail to find much in it that is both entertaining and instructive, and that can be applied to practical use. It is an eminently useful book for public or private libraries, and a most valuable book for study and reference by every man in every possible business. No book on this continent was ever gotten up with such exquisite taste in its mechanical execution, and certainly none that will be of greater value to the masses of men and women - old and young. Whoever purchases the book will have in it alone a valuable library at very small cost."
From the Suffolk Co. (Mass.) Journal.
"Of its inestimable value one cannot judge fully without examining the work. Many of the most eminent men in our country have given it their unqualified praise, having bought and used it, and the general sentiment among them is, that having once possessed it and become acquainted with its worth, they could hardly be induced to part with it at any price. Among those in this section of country are Gov. Gaston, Gov. Rice, C. G. Atwoodofthe Boston Board of Trade, G. A. Somerby, Esq., and many others. The leading educational men of our country speak of it in the same terms of praise."
From the Fall River (Mass.) Border City Herald.
"'Hill's Manual of Social and Business Forms.' - This is a valuable new work of real excellence, and forms a manual comprehending instructions and examples to guide the scholar, the man of business, the teacher, and the general public in every branch of enterprise over the wide domain of human effort. The work is of the most varied character, and supplies alike the wants of the old and the demands of the young in every phase of human life. We assure all who purchase this work that a more elegant, useful, and comprehensive volume of instructions and examples, suiting all ages and conditions in life in both sexes, has never been laid upon our tables."
From the Cambridge (Mass.) Chronicle.
"'Hill's Manual of Social and Business Forms' is one of the most useful volumes ever placed upon the desk of a business or professional man, or upon the table of a drawing-room. It is a perfect treasure of valuable and practical information on social and business topics, which are of immense importance to every one. The items confined within the limits of the book embrace instructions and guides for the city officer, student, politician, clergyman, physician, clerk. In fact, every person who is in business or engaged in any calling whatever, will find information as to the proper manner in which to write any document entering into the various social and business relations of life."
From the .Phrenological (N.Y.) journal.
"This work is exceedingly comprehensive. The author has evidently aimed to cover all the departments of practical life in which the pen is an essential instrumentality, and his endeavor has not failed of eminent success in producing-a most useful book. We have been informed that upward of 50,000 copies have been sold in a short time; and no wonder, as it is such a work as an agent can talk about, if talk be at all necessary besides its examination."
From the Akron (Ohio) Beacon.
"Let it be placed where young people may have access to it; and in the hands of every family, where children can, as it were, grow up with it, so that its principles may become a kind of second nature to them, and many a stream will be bridged which would otherwise separate them from positions in both social and business life, which by nature they are fitted to fill. The work certainly belongs to the list of articles which should be considered a necessity in every household, and a timely, helping hand to those of mature years."
From the Easton (Penn.) Free Press.
"'Hill's Manual' is a work of which no written description can give a properly adequate idea. It must be examined, that its merits may be appreciated. The author seems to have studied the wants of almost every person and family, and more perfectly met these wants than it would seem possible to do in volumes; and yet we find it in one compact book, which comes within the reach of all."
From the Syracuse (N. Y.) Daily Journal.
"It has often been remarked of individuals that 'they have forgotten more in a minute' than others have learned in a lifetime. Whether the remark is to be taken is a compliment to the former or a reflection upon the latter, matters not particularly, since it is a well-known fact, and one most frequently and sincerely regretted by everybody, that thousands of little things that contribute to daily pleasure, convenience or knowledge are absolutely forgotten and beyond recall at the very moment when most they are needed. What heart burningj what vexation of spirit would 6e averted, what incalculable material benefits, even, would often accrue were there at our elbow some monitor, visible or invisible, embodying in its inexhaustible resources the muttum in parvo which forgetful mortals crave.
"Such a mentor, nearly if not altogether infallible, has been provided in 'Hill's Manual of Social and Business Forms and Guide to Correct Writing,' a copy of which lies before us, and the examination of which suggests the fitness of the above title. Its external appearance and internal composition fit it, in all respects, to be the guide of young and old, male and female, business man of whatever trade, calling or profession, and man of leisure, dunce and scholar. 'Hill's Manual' best speaks for itself, for its compactness, brevity and comprehensiveness brings within its covers thousands upon thousands of items of information in daily practical use, the topical enumeration of which, in the general index, occupies seven pages.
"The book is a marvel of patience and painstaking care. It is the work of years, and a triumph at last No more useful book can be found in existence."