Cambridge: Metcalf and Company, 1847. First edition. 8vo, unbound pamphlet, 16 pages, stitched. First and last page soiled; some general light wear and a bit of chipping; a very good copy. Item #13837
"From the very anomalous and irregular nature of our written language follows the extreme difficulty of learning to read, it taking children not less than fifteen times as long as if each sound had one sign, and each sign one invariable sound." Emerson, on behalf of a committee appointed by the AAAS, delivered a report on August 12, 1846, on the proposed reform of the English printed alphabet, with expected reference to Bishop Wilkins, Sir William Jones and Benjamin Franklin. Includes Wilkins' analytic chart of the sounds of the English language, the proposed reformed alphabet, and a page of specimen phonotypic printing.