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IN WHICH THE
COMMON IMPROPRIETIES IN
READING AND SPEAKING
TRUE SOURCES OF ELEGANT PRONUNCIATION
ARE POINTED OUT.
COMPLETE ANALYSIS OF THE VOICE,
SHOWING ITS SPECIFIC MODIFICATIONS,
AND HOW THEY MAY BE APPLIED
TO DIFFERENT SPECIES OF SENTENCES
AND THE SEVERAL
FIGURES OF RHETORIC.
TO WHICH ARE ADDED
OUTLINES OF COMPOSITION,
OR PLAIN RULES
FOR WRITING ORATIONS AND SPEAKING THEM IN PUBLIC.
BY JOHN WALKER,
PUBLISHED BY CUMMINGS AND HILLIARD, NO. I CORNHILL.
Univ. Press Hilliard & Metcalf.
Dr. SAMUEL JOHNSON,
IF the conferring of benefits be what commonly constitutes a patron,—to students in elocution you are the greatest patron in the kingdom. You not only first awakened the public to an attention to their language, but, by an Herculean labour, afforded them a guide which has conducted them to a thousand improvements. This was sufficient to attract the admiration and acknowledgments of your country, if you had not shown, by your moral and critical writings, that, though you were the only person proper to undertake so laborious a task, you were almost the only one who ought to have been exempted from it. But though I am proud of an opportunity of confessing my obligations to your public labours, I am much more ambitious of telling the world, that I have · been long honoured with the friendship and advice of
ABS MAY 5, 1938