Fisher, George

The american instructor, or, young man's best companion

Containing spelling, reading, writing, and arithmetick, in an easier way than any yet published; and how to qualify any person for business, without the help of a master. Instructions to write variety of hands, with copies both in prose and verse. How to write letters on business or friendship, forms of indentures, bonds, bills of sale, receipts, wills, leases, releases, &c. Also merchants accompts, and a short and easy method of shop and book-keeping; with a description of the seven american colonies. Together with the carpenter's plain and exact rule: shewing how to measure carpenters, joyners, sawyers, bricklayers, plasterers, plumbers, masons, glasiers and painters work. How to undertake each work, and at what price; the rates of each commodity, and the common wages of journeymen; with Gunter's line, and Coggeshal's description of the sliding-rule. Likewise the practical gauger made easy; the art of dialling, and how to erect and fix any dial; with instructions for dying, colouring, and making colours. To which is added, the poor planters physician. With instructions for marking on linnen; how to pickle and preserve; to make divers sorts of wine; and many excellent plaisters, and medicines, necessary in all families. And also, a prudent advice to young tradesmen and dealers. The whole better adapted to theses american colonies, than any other book of the like kind
Twelfth edition, revised and corrected
GaineNew York, NY1760