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FROM THE GIFT OF PLES HERBERT THU{3E1 ul. 2

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1878,

BY GEORGE S. HILLARD, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington

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ELECTROTYPED AND PRINTED AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS,

CAMBRIDGE.

PREFACE.

T.

HE Franklin Sixth Reader and Speaker corresponds, in

the grade of its selections and in many other essential respects, with “ Hillard's First Class Reader,” of the first series, and “The Sixth Reader” of the one which followed, and is, like those publications, intended for use in high schools, and for the most advanced classes in our public grammar and in private schools.

While the main object in its compilation has been to teach the art of good reading, both by furnishing a choice variety of selections best adapted for practice and reading exercises, and by the preparation of the most complete and thorough rhetorical instructions on the part of its authors and compilers, it has also been their design to give to this work somewhat more of an elocutionary character than either of its predecessors.

With this view a wide range of selections has been made, in order that the pupil may be trained to give proper form and expression to every variety of style. At the same time, with the view that this compilation may be used with more advantage in rhetorical instruction, it will be found to contain a larger proportion of animated and declamatory selections.

The compilers have endeavored to enable their youthful

readers to make themselves familiar with some of the treas. ures of English and American literature, so far as to do so has been found consistent with their one great aim, the preparing a good reading-book. In this view they have been constrained to retain a large number of the best pieces which have been found so acceptable in the “ Sixth Reader.” These occupy about one third part of the present volume.

The compilers have retained several pieces which have long been familiar to all persons acquainted with English literature, and which may to some extent be pronounced hackneyed; such as Gray's “Elegy," Cowper's “Slavery," etc. But the permanent popularity of such pieces is due to their intrinsic merit, and they ought not to be displaced to make room for productions which are only commended by the gloss of novelty, but will not wear so well as those on which time has set its lasting seal of approval. In retaining these the compilers have been guided, not only by their own judgment, but by the express wishes of several teachers who were desirous that selections should be retained which have so well borne the sharp test of daily use.

In the preparation of the work the compilers have been aided by the judgment and experience of many practical teachers, especially several masters of grammar schools in this city, whose services and interest are gratefully remembered.

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20. THE VOYAGE

Washington Irving 169

22. OPPOSITION TO INDEPENDENCE

Webster.

177

23. MR. ADAMS'S REPLY

178

25. ETERNITY OF GOD

Rev. Francis W. P. Greenwood 184

28. PEARL AT PLAY

Nathaniel Hawthorne 191

30. PERSONAL APPEARANCE AND CHARACTER

OF WASHINGTON

Rev. Jared Sparks 201

31. WASHINGTON'S GENIUS .

E. P. Whipple. 204

33. THE CHARACTER OF GRATTAN

Sydney Smith . 211

34. FINITE AND INFINITE

R. C. Winthrop 212

36. THE REFORM THAT IS NEEDED

Rev. Horace Bushnell 215

37. OBLIGATIONS OF AMERICA TO ENGLAND Everett

217

39. GOD IN NATURE

Rev. Edwin H. Chapin 223

40. THE WHITE MOUNTAINS

Rev. T. Starr King 225

43. John HAMPDEN

Macaulay

233

44. A TASTE FOR READING

George S. Hillard. 237

47. EXECUTION OF MARY, QUEEN OF Scots. Lingard .

243

48. THE TRIAL OF WARREN HASTINGS. Macaulay

248

51. EULOGY ON O'CONNELL .

W. H. Seward 258

54. INCENTIVES TO DUTY

Sumner

268

55. THE WESTERN Posts

Ames.

272

56. THE FUTURE OF AMERICA

Webster.

275

60. KOSSUTH

Horace Mann

61. TRUE GREATNESS.

Channing

288

62. THE USES OF THE OCEAN.

Rev. Leonard Swain 290

65. JOAN OF ARC.

Thomas De Quincey 301

68. VOICES OF THE DEAD

Rev. John Cumming 310

69. THE BOSTON TEA CATASTROPHE. Thomas Carlyle

314

71. THE BIBLE .

320

79. DANGERS TO OUR REPUBLIC

Horace Mann 345

82. AMERICAN NATIONALITY

Choate

353

85. AROUND YOSEMITE WALLS

Clarence King 363

89. LAFAYETTE's VISIT TO AMERICA IN 1825 Josiah Quincy . . 376

90. PERSONAL INFLUENCE

W. R. Williams . 379

91. SPEECH ON THE AMERICAN WAR Lord Chatham. 382

93. THE OLD WORLD AND THE NEW Horace Greeley.

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98. JAMES OTIS

Sumner .

398

100. SPARTACUS TO THE GLADIATORS . Rev. Elijah Kellogg 402

102. Books

E. P. Whipple 411

106. THE HONORED DEAD

H. W. Bcecher

421

107. AMERICA THE OLD WORLD

Louis Agassiz. 423

108. A TRIBUTE TO MASSACHUSETTS

Sumner ,

427

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