In the preface, Kilner acknowledges that thorough bass may seem too sophisticated a topic for such a young audience, but asserts that she has had overwhelming success with her approach: The progress made by those who have already learned thorough bass in this manner has been so rapid (I had almost said astonishing), that I have been urged to communicate my method of teaching it to the public.
The conversation very endearingly begins with the mother inviting the child to learn: Come here, my dear Mary. You have been so good a little girl to-day in playing your piano-forte, I will, as an indulgence, begin to teach you thorough bass.
Dorothy Kilner was a prolific author of children's books, writing under the pseudonyms M. P. (as she does in this method) and Mary Pelham throughout much of her career. Her many didactic stories, like most children's literature of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, aimed to promote morality in young readers.MTH-14503$250