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PREFACE.

This volume is intended, as its title indicates, as a reading book for Young Ladies. It consists of a brief treatise upon the Principles of Elocution, and selections for reading in prose and verse.

The Principles of Elocution are such as can be easily understood and reduced to practice by the class of learners for whom they are designed. The sentences which illustrate them are so arranged as to direct the attention of the learner to but one principle at a time ; as by this means a firm and lasting impression of each will be made upon the mind. The pauses, inflections of the voice, and the proper emphases to be used, have not been designated by marks, but are left to the taste and judgment of the reader, with the aid, when necessary, of the teacher.

The exercises in articulation, and the classes of words containing sounds liable to be perverted or suppressed in utter

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ance, should receive daily attention, as by this means the voice will be much improved and strengthened. The Reading Lessons have been selected with great

The design has been not only to present every variety of style necessary to teach good reading, but to select such pieces as would be interesting and instructive to young ladies. In a reading book for boys, less of the narrative and descriptive style, and more of the declamatory, would be required to prepare them for the various public stations in life which they may called upon to occupy; but in preparing a book for young ladies, the design should be to select such pieces as will tend to make good fireside readers. Such has been the aim of the compiler. The selections contain just and moral sentiments, and many of them are designed to furnish useful instruction upon some of the most important duties in life.

In selecting the pieces, such alterations have been made as were deemed necessary to adapt them to the design of the work.

Boston, December, 1850.

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EXERCISES IN READING.

Lesson

Page

1. Figurative Language,

65

2. Select Sentences and Paragraphs,...

70

3. Effects of Art in Changing the Form

and Features of the Human Body, ... Chambers, .....

73

4. Nursery Education,

Dr. Caldwell,

76

5. Early Training of Children,

. Saturday Magazine, 80

6. A Grandsire's Tale,

Bernard Barton,

82

7. The Dead Son,

.......JOHN PIERPONT,. 86

8. Playthings, Amusements, and Employ-

ments for Children,....

MRS. CHILD,...

88

9. Duties of Brothers and Sisters, Belfrage,..

92

10. On Female Education,

.... Mrs. Sandford,.

94

11. On Female Acquirements,

Idem.

97

12. The Greenwood Shrift,

Blackwood's Magazine,. 99

13. The Hebrew Mother,

Mrs. Hemans, .

103

14. The Canadian Indians,

. Backwoods of Canada,. 106

15. Canadian Indian Encampment,

Idem.

111

16. The Chase of Konno,

ANONYMOUS,

115

17. The Indian Exile,

..IDEM.

118

18. The Fair Traveller,

.F. W. P. GREENWOOD, 119

19. The Wife,

.WASHINGTON IRVING, 123

20. The Same, concluded,

IDEM.

127

21. Evening Prayer at a Girls' School, Mrs. Hemans,

131

22. Not to Myself alone,

ANONYMOUS,......

132

23. The Churchyard Stile,

. Eliza Cook,

134

24. Last Wishes of a Child,.

..JAMES T. FIELDS, 136

25. Never waste Bread,

Chambers's Ed. Journal, 137

26. The Law of Kindness,

..Idem.

141

27. The First Settlement of New England, .JOSEPH STORY,

144

28. A Day in Newfoundland,

. Frazer's Magazine, 148

29. The Ocean,

. Bryan W. Procter,. 153

30. The Song of the Sea-Shell,

Mrs. Abdy,

155

31. The Prairies,

BRYANT,

156

32. What thy God has given, impart, · Amulet,

159

33. The Moon and Stars,

..J. Montgomery,

161

34. The Same, concluded,

.Idem.

165

35. An Evening Scene,

.Mrs. Southey,

170

36. The Night-Blowing Stock,

Idem.

175

37. The Mother,

. Charles Swain,

178

38. Let us love one another,

Idem.

179

39. The Ancient Man,

Henry Alford,

180

40. The Aged Oak,

..Idem.

182

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