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port. Among the numerous colleges with which our country abounds, there is not, perhaps, a single one endowed with a professorship of Elocution ! And among our numerous public speakers, how small a number can deliver a discourse without having half the body concealed by a desk or table! The orators of classic Greece never ensconced themselves behind elevated desks, nor 66 stood

ироп all fours," as some of our public speakers do :* they were masters of their art. Hence they needed no screen to conceal uncouth attitudes and awkward gestures from the scrutinizing eye of criticism; nor had occasion to present the crown of the head, instead of the face, to the audience, to hide the blush of ignorance: they exposed the whole person to the audience ; they stood erect, in all the dignity of conscious worth; their attitudes were fit models for the statuary; their gestures were replete with grace and expression; their elocution defied criticism.

Let us endeavour to restore Elocution to its former place in the department of useful instruction. Nothing is wanted but a correct medium, laudable ambition, and common industry, to enable our American youth to rival those ancient orators whose eloquence, it is said, “ shook distant thrones, and made the extremities of the earth tremble.”

ANDREW COMSTOCK. Philadelphia, November 20, 1841.

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* See Figure 1, page 70. Note. - The Figures which illustrate the subject of this work, were drawn and engraved by Croome and Minot; the Diagrams were engraved by Mumford.

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Account Current....

Anonymous 358

Adams and Jefferson

Wirt 353

An Address to a Young Student.

..Knox 356

Antony's Oration over Cæsar's Body.

Shakspeare 252

Apostrophe to Light ..

Milton 228

Apostrophe to the Queen of Prance

Burke 209

Battle of Hohenlinden

.Campbell 204

Battle of Warsaw

Campbell 210

Battle of Waterloo

. Byron 211

Brutus's Oration on the Death of Cæsar. Shakspeare 250


Mrs. Hemans 338

Cato's Senate

Addison 235

Cato's Soliloquy

. Addison 248

Character of Pitt..

. Robertson 286

Childe Harold's Address to the Ocean.

Byron 206

Clarence's Dream.

Shakspeare 287


Byron 232

Declaration of Independence.

.Jefferson 306

Douglas's Account of Himself.

Home 304

Edward and Warwick

Elegy written in a Country Churchyard....

.Gray 300
Extract from a supposed Speech of John Adams, in support of
American Independence

Webster 363

. Akenside 321


. Derzhavin 267


Akenside 322

Hamlet's Soliloquy

Shakspeare 249

Happy Freedom of the Man whom Grace makes Free.Cowper 279

Hyder Ali.

. Burke 230

Hymn to the Deity.

Thomson 262

Industry necessary to the Attainment of Eloquence. ... Ware 333


..De Witt Clinton 364
Lines supposed to have been written by Alexander Selkirk, dur-

ing his solitary abode on the Island of Juan Fernandez Cowper 179

Lochiel's Warning

Campbell 217


Scott 336

Marco Bozzaris

.Halleck 213

Mariner's Hymn

Mrs. Southey 298

Meeting of Satan, Sin, and Death

. Milton 339

Moses Smiting the Rock.....

Van Vranken 326

Motives to the Practice of Gentleness

. Blair 329

Night Thoughts...

Young 315


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Ode on the Passions....

.. Collins 256

Ossian's Address to the Sun



.. Franklin 325
Perpetual Adoration

Moore 294
Pitt's Reply to Walpole....

Reception of Columbus on his return to Spain. ..... W. Irving 349
Scene from Pizarro...

Kotzebue 295
Schemes of Life often Illusory

Dr. Johnson 359

Tillotson 343
Speech of Cicero against Verres

Speech of Lord Chatham
Speech of Patrick Henry

Speech of Rolla....

.R. B. Sheridan 205

Speech of Satan to his Legions.

Milton 201

Speech of Satan, with Gestures.


Tell's Address to the Mountains.

. Knowles 203


Bryant 241

The American Flag

.Drake & Halleck 328
The Burial of Sir John Moore.

Wolfe 281

The Chameleon ..

Merrick 275

The Exile of Erin..

Campbell 280

The Destruction of Senacherib

.Byron 335

The Grave of Franklin.

Miss C. H. Waterman 305

The Heavens and the Earth show the Glory and Wisdom of.

their Creator...

Goldsmith 282

The Hermit

Beattie 220
The Importance of Order in the Distribution of our Time Blair 331
The Invocation ....

.Mrs. Hemans 278

The Journey of a Day

Dr. Johnson 311

The Land that we Live in.

C. W. Thomson 316

The Mariner's Dream

. Dimond 265
The Miser and Plutus

Gay 138
The Miser and Plutus, with Gestures

The Rose ...

Cowper 181
The Three Warnings.

Mrs. Thrale 272
The Union of the States

. Webster 345

Van Vranken 327
To the Ursa Major.

Ware 290
Without God in the World

. Rev. Robert Hall 270

Wolsey's Farewell to Cromwell

Shakspeare 318

Wolsey's Soliloquy.

.Shakspeare 317

.R. H, Townsend 255


. Campbell 312

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