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In Southern District of New York, $3.
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the 22d day of August, A. D. 1829, in the L. S. 54th year of the Independence of the United States of America, Samuel Kirk.
hamn, of the said District, hath depositea in this office the title of a Book, the riglit whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit:
English Grammar infamiliar lectures, accompanied by a Compendium, embracing a new systematick order of Parsing, a new system of Punctuation, exercises in false Syntax, and a Systein of Philosophical Grainmar in notes: to which are added an Appendix, and a key to the Exercises : designed for the use of Schools and Private Learners. Dy Samuel Kirkham. Eleventh Edition, enlarged and improved." In con. formity to the act of congress of the United States, entitiod "an act for the encour. agement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned." And also lo an act entitled "an act supplementary to an act entitled an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and po. prietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits liseroor to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."
FRED. J. BETTS, Clerk of the Southern District of New York.
AN ESSAY ON ELOCUTION,
BY SAMUEL KIRKHAM.
This Work is mainly designed as a Reading-Book for Schools. In the first part of it, the principles of reading are developed and explained in a scientifick and practr.al manner, and so familiarly illustrated in their application to practical examples as to chable even the juvenile mind very readily to comprehend their nature and character, their design and use, and thus to acquire inat high degree of excellence, buth in read. ing and speaking, which all desire, but to which few attain.
The last part of the work, contains Selections from the greatest masterpieces of rhetorical and poetical composition, both ancient and inodern. Many of these selectians are taken from the most elegant and classical American anthors-writers whose noble productions have already shed an uufading lustre, and stamped imınortality, upon the litarature of our country. In the select part of the work, rhetorical marks are aiso employed to point out liie application of the principles laid down in the first part.-The very favourable reception of the work by the publick, and its astonishingly rapid introduction into schools, since its first publication in 1833, excites in the author, the most sanguine hopes in regard to its future success.
NOTICES. After a careful perusal of this work, we are decidedly ef opinion, that it is the only silccessful attempt of the kind. The rules are copious, and the author's explanations and illustrations are happily adapted to the comprehension of learners. No school should be without this book, and it ongli to find a place in the library of every gentleman wiw values the attainment of a just and forcible elocition.- Pittsburg Mer. April, 1834
Mr. Kirkham has given rules for inflections and emphasis, and has followed them by illustrative examples, and these by remarks upon the inflection which he has adopted, and the reasons for his preference of one infection to another- a most adınirable plan for such a work. Copious examples occur in which all the various inflections and the shades of emphasis are distinguished with great accuracy and clearness. The cale. ciretical appendages of each chapter, give the work new value in a school, and the sections made for the crercise of scholars, evince good taste and judgment.
U. S. Gazette, Philadelphia, Sept. 17, 1834. The Essay now before us, needs not depend on any former work of its author for a borrowed reputation: it has intrinsick merits of its own. It lays down principles clearly and concisely, it presents the reader with many new and judicious selecciona, both in prose and poetry; and allogether evinces great industry, combined with lasie and ingenuity.--Courier of Upper Canada, York, Oct. 12, 1833.
Of the talent and judgment of Mr. Kirkham, we have already had occasion to speak in terms of honest praise. His work on Elocution raises him still higher in our esti. mation.-The book would be of great utility in schools-such a one'as has long been wanted ; and we are glad to ase it forthcoming.-Baltimore Visiter, July, 1833.
Every facility for teaching Elocution, which I have so ofen needed, but never before found, is exacily furnished in this work :-principles are clearly and concisely laid down, and are very happily adapted to the comprehension of the learner Thorouzluy convinced of ita utility, I shall loec no tine in introducing it into my school. liartford, Cumm. chig. 20, 1834.