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ceived, every aid has been given in the notes, that the reader may readily comprehend the meaning of the writer. This has been done in a manner more full and satisfactory than they have seen in any other collection, and in every instance at the bottom of the page where the difficulty occurs, so that the reader may not be subjected to the trouble of consulting a dictionary, or other books of reference, –a work which, in general, if done at all, is done with extreme reluctance, even by ad. vanced pupils.

In order that the student may still more thoroughly understand what he reads, and for the convenience of that large class of readers who have not leisure to peruse voluminous memoirs of distinguished men and yet would be unwilling to forego all knowledge of them, we have introduced concise Biographical Sketches of authors from whose works extracts have been selected, and of persons whose names occur in the Reading Exercises. These sketches, presenting a clear and distinct outline of the life, and producing a clear an distinct impression of the character, furnish an amount of useful and available information rarely surpassed by memoirs of greater extent and pretension. List: of the names of authors, both alphabetical and chronological, havd also been introduced, thus rendering this a convenient text book fo. students in English and American Literature.

The improvements made in the revision of this work are numerou and important. The Treatise on Elocution has been carefully elabora ted, involving the introduction of phonetic exercises, a more critica orthoëpical notation, and many most apt and interesting examples fo illustration. Several of these examples under each section are left un marked, thus affording students opportunities to exercise their judg ment, taste, and discrimination.

The collection of Reading Lessons has been greatly improved by judicious omissions, and the substitution of new dialogues, ballacs dramatic lyrics, and other rhetorical, pieces that are more varied and inspiriting, and better adapted":tó elocutionary readings, both publi and private. The classification of these lessons is more systematic and thorough than that ever before afterngited in any corresponding work They are divided into.forinal: sections, in each of which only one lead ing subject is treated, or one impartant element of Elocution rendered prominent. All practica Aidg'ira fornished by more copious notes new indexes, etc.

NEW YORK, June, 1866

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I. PIECES. IN PROSE.

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SECTION I.........

1. The Months.

.Henry Ward Beecher. 177

SECTION II.....

85

3. Never Despair..

85

5. A Golden Coppersmith.

89

6. Noble Revenge..

Thomas de Quincey. 92

7. Beauty.

.Ralph Waldo Emerson. 94

SECTION III....

97

9. Maternal Affection,

100

10. The Good Wife..

Donald G. Mitchell. 101

· 11. Influence of Home,

.Richard Henry Dana. 103

13. The Widow and her Son-Part First.... Washington Irving. 106

14. The Widow and her Son-Part Second

110

SECTION IV......

113

15. Biography of Jacob Hays.

William Cox. 113

16. Peter Pounce and Parsoni Adams..

.Henry Fielding. 117

19. A Curtain Lecture of Mrs. Candle.. Douglas Jerrold. 126

SECTION V...

129

22. Broken Hearts-Part First.

Washington Irving. 134

23. Broken Hearts-Part Second..

136

27. Selected Extracts..

Henry Ward Beecher. 144

SECTION VI......

147

29. The Barbarities of War..

Thomas Chalmers. 148

33. The Siege of Leyden..

..John Lathrop Motley. 157

SECTION VII.....

164

37. Christopher Columbus.

Washington Irving. 165

38. Return of Columbus..

William H. Prescott. 166

39. The Revolutionary Alarm.

.George Bancroft. 170
. Edward Everett. 284

85. Liberty.

.Orville Dewey. 291

SECTION XVI..

293

87. The Death of Hamilton..

Eliphalet Nott. 294

90. Glory

. Dr. Francis Wayland. 299

SECTION XVII..

304

92. The Stolen Rifle....

Washington Irring. 304

93. The Tomahawk submissive to Eloquence... John Neal 305

96. Marius in Prison.

Thomas de Quincey. 311

SECTION XIX...

338

107. Daniel Webster- Part First.

Edward Everett. 339

108. Daniel Webster-Part Second.

341

109. From a Historical Address...

Daniel Webster 343

PAGZ

110. Public Virtue....

.Henry Clay. 846

111. Washington's Sword and Franklin's Staff.. ..J. Q. Adams. 348

SECTION XX..

350

113. Paul Flemming Resolves. .Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 352

115. Life......

.Horace Binney Wallace. 357

SECTION XXI..

359

116. Blennerhassett's Temptation.

William Wirt. 359

SECTION XXII....

370

119. Character of Scott..

William H. Prescott. 370

120. Scene from Ivanhoe..

. Sir Walter Scott. 373

121. Shakspeare.

.Dr. Johnson. 378

SECTION XXIV.....

400

130. Our Honored Dead...

Henry Ward Beecher. 403

132. Death of the Old Trapper-Part First. ....James F. Cooper. 406

133. Death of the Old Trapper-Part Second.

410

SECTION XXVI.....

436

140. Scenes from Pickwick-The Dilemma......Charles Dickens. 436

141. Scenes from Pickwick-Speech of Sergeant Buzfuz.

440

142. Scenes from Pickwick-Sam Weller as Witness..

443

143. My Oratorical Experience...

..Nathaniel Hawthorne. 447

SECTION XXVII...

450

145. Forest Trees...

Washington Irving. 452

147. Landscape Beauty.

Francis Jeffrey. 458

149. Elements of the Swiss Landscape.. George B. Cheever. 463

SECTION XXX..

485

157. Character of Hamlet.

William Hazlitt. 485

SECTION XXXI.

505

162. Society the Great Educator...

..Orville Dewey. 505

163. The Schoolmaster and the Conqueror..... Henry Brougham. 507

164. Intellectual Power...

..James H. Hammond. 509

165. Moral Progress of the American People.... Wm. H. Seward. 511

SECTION XXXII.

515

168. Hymns.

.Henry Ward Beecher. 521

SECTION XXXIII.

532

173. Select Passages in Prose.

535

I. Evidence of a Creator-Tillotson. II. Nature Pro-

claims a Deity-Chateaubriand. III. The Unbeliever-

Chalmers. IV. Blessings of Religious Faith-Davy.

SECTION XXXIV...

543

175. The Poet....

.H. B. Wallace. 543

177. The Influence of Poetry..

William E. Channing. 547

SECTION XXXVII.......

575

183. Milton-Part First.

Thomas Babbington Macaulay. 575

187. Milton-Part Second.

577

SECTION XXXVIII.....

583

191. The Knocking at the Gate, in Macbeth. . Thomas de Quincey. 587

SECTION XXXIX..

590

193. Omnipresence and Omniscience of God.

. Addison. 593

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