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CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTION.

Page.

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21

....do. 82

22. Speech of Lord Chancellor Thurlow.

84

23. Defence before Agrippa......

....St. Paul. 85

24. Supposed Speech of John Adams....... D, Webster, 88

25. Description of the Person of Jesus Christ,

90

26. The Blind Preacher ..

Wirt. 91

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27. Lamentation over Saul and Jonathan.

David. 93

28. Othello's Apology for his Marriage.

Shakspeare. 94

29. Cato's Soliloquy...

Addison. 96

30. Imaginary Meeting of Satan, Sin, and Death.... Milton 97

31. Adam and Eve's Morning Hymn....

..do.. 100

32. Speech of Cassius...

.Shakspeare. 102

33. Brutus' Oration on the Death of Cæsar.

.do.... 103

34, Antony's Oration over Cæsar's body.

..do.... 105

35. The Burial of Sir John Moore...

Wolfe. 108

36. Last Words of Robert Emmet

109

37. Lines relating to Curran's Daughter...... ... Moore. 110

38. The Temperance Reformation, a Harbinger of the Millenium.

Rev. Dr. Sprague. 110

39. Declaration of Independence....

... Jefferson. 113

40. Speech.....

Patrick Henry. 118

41. Cardinal Wolsey's Soliloquy..

Shakspeare. 122

42. Cardinal Wolsey's Farewell Address....

do.... 122

43. Speech to Joseph....

Judah. 123

44. Announcement of the Death of a Colleague .M'Duffie. 124

45. Death.

.H. Pickering. 125

46. Address to the Moon...

Ossian. 126

47. Cor.clusion of Daniel Webster's Speech.

127

48. On Education.....

.Phillips, 127

49. The Sacking of Prague.

Campbell, 123

50. Conclusion of a Speech at Lexington...

.H. Clay, 130

51. T'he Petition of the Wife of Almas Ali Cawn,

131

52. Speech of the Earl of Chatham.....

Mr. Pitt, 132

53. Night before the Battle of Waterloo.

Byron, 134

54. Right of Free Discussion...,

..D. Webster. 136

55. Speech.

Marlin Van Buren. 136

56. Extract from Gen. Jackson's Proclamation...

138

57. Extract from M'Duffie's Speech..

140

58. The Union....

D. Webster. 141

59. Marco Bozzaris..

...Halleck. 142

60. Speech of Mr. Burke..

144

61. Mr. Burke's Remarks to the Electors of Bristol.

145

62. Hamlet's Soliloquy on Death....

Shakspeare. 147

63. Speech of King Richard III,

.do.... 148

64. There's nothing true but Heaven..

.... Moore. 150

65. Heaven

Anonymous. 150

66. Religion..

President Wood. 151

67. God's Incomprehensibility.

.... Chalmers. 152

68. Missionary Hymn..

Bishop Heber, 153

69. Soliloquy of the Princess Thekla.

Frederic Schiller. 154

70. Lines for the Fourth of July.

Anonymous. 155

71. On the Death of Mrs. Wolfe.....

Wolfe. 156

72. How Scholars are Made...

D. Webster. 157

73. Booke..

Dr. Channing. 158

74. Extract from an Oration on Lafayette .

J. Q. Adams. 159

75. Part of a Speech of Elisha Williams

160

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76. On Knowledge..

De Witt Clinton. 161

77. The Infant's Death.

162

78. Speech of a Mingo Chief.

Logan. 163

79. Lady Randolph's Soliloquy..

.Rev. Mr. Home. 163

80. Farewell to his Wife.

..Byron. 164

81. Song of the German Soldiers after Victory.

Hemans. 166

82. Defence before his Judges..

.Socrates. 167

83, Part of the Burial Service..

169

84. The Dream of Clarence.

.Shakspeare. 171

85. Scene belween Virginius and Lucius. .

.Knowles. 173

86. Scene from Pizarro....

.Kotzebue. 178

87. Or Cultivating the Faculty of Speech.. .Dr. Channing. 182

83. Captain Bertram and Jack Bowlin..

...Dunlap. 183

89, Alexander the Great and a Robber..

Dr. Aikin. 187

90. Prince Henry and Falstaff.

Shakspeare, 189

91. A Scene from William Tell...

.Knowles. 192

92. Extract from Damon and Pythias.

.Shiel. 198

93. Isabella pleading before Angelo..

. Shakspeare. 203

94. Upbraidings of Edward and Warwick.

208

95. Hamlet and Horatio.

Shakspeare. 213

96. Othello and Iago...

.do.... 216

97. Death of Alexander Hamilton.

..Dr. Nott. 218

98. Extract from a Sermon..

. Bishop Latimer. 220

99. Man..

George Combe. 223

100. To Mary in Heaven..

.Robert Burns. 225

101. The Christian's Hope..

.. A. Sutton. 226

102. Rules for the Structure of a. Sentence.

.A. Walker. 228

103 Heaven's Attractions..

.N. Y. Observer. 229

104. Eloquence of Sheridan.

231

105. New Missionary Hymn..

...S. F. Smith. 234

106. David's Confidence in God's Grace..

235

107. On the Immortality of the Soul.

Cicero. 236

103. Of Elocution.

Thelwal. 233

109. Extract from “ Wilson's Arte of Rhetorique.”.

239

110. The Attainment of Eloquence.. .. Rev. H. Ware, Jun. 212

111. The Sailor Boy's Dream.....:

W. W. Diamond. 243

112. Eloquence of the Human Voice..

..Dr. J. R. Black. 245

113. Advantages of Knowledge..

. Rev. R. Hall. 248

114. Correct Reading..

Western Observer. 249

115. Oratory...

Knowles. 252

116. Thanatopsis.

.... Bryant. 253

117. The Effective Preacher.

Rev. George Shepard. 256

118. Union of the Statesman and Man of Letters.. ...N. Biddle, 257

119. Elocution of Divinely. Inspired Speakers. .

..Morn. Star. 253

120. Patience under Provocations.

.Dr. Blair. 263

121. American Presidents. .

265

122. The Universal Prayer...

. Alexander Pope. 267

123. Reflections at Sea..

Malcomb. 269

124. Anecdote of Dr. Chauncy.

Tudor, 271

125. Importance of Elocution to Lawyers.

Warren. 272

126. Reply to Walpole......

...Pitt, 273

127. Character of George Washington..

Jefferson. 275

128. The Last Hours of Washington..

277

129. The Hermit..

Beattie. 280

135. Extract from President Jefferson's Inaugural Address.

282

131. Extract from an Oration on the Crown..

.Demosthenes. 284

OBSERVATIONS

ON

E LOCUTION.

ELOCUTION is the art of reading and speaking well. It demands of a reader that he institute an inquiry into the meaning of an author; and, having ascertained it, that he convey it, not only correctly, but with force, beauty, variety, and effect. And it requires a speaker to impress the exact lineaments of nature upon his sentiments. In order to read or speak well

, the articulation must be correct and elegant, and the voice must be under the command of the will. A good articulation, it need not be said, is a primary beauty of elocution. It is to the ear what fine penmanship is to the eye. Without it, no individual can be a correct reader or speaker. It is the first step towards becoming an elocutionist.

In Austin's Chironomia, it is truly observed : “ That a public speaker, possessed of only a moderate voice, if he articulate correctly, will be better understood and heard with greater pleasure, than one who vociferates without judgment. The voice of the latter may indeed extend to a considerable distance, but the sound is dissipated in confu. sion ; of the former voice, not the smallest vibration is wasted, every stroke is perceived at the utmost distance to which it reaches; and hence, it has often the appearance of penetrating even farther than one which is loud, but badly articulated. In just articulation, the words are not to be hurried over, nor precipitated syllable over syllable ; nor, ås it were, melted together into a mass of confusion ; they should not be trailed or drawled, nor permitted to slip out carelessly, so as to drop unfinished. They are to be

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