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District of Connecticut, to wit.

BE it remembered, That on the nineteenth day of October, in the thirty-sixth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Increasc Cooke, of the said D trict, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, 1

he right whereof he claims as author, in the words followir to wit, “ The American Orator, or elegant extracts in pros and poetry, comprehending a diversity of oratorical specie mens of the eloquence of popular assemblies, of the bar

of the pulpit, &c. principally intended for the use of schools and academies.' To which are prefixed a dissertat on on oratorical delivery, and the outlines of gesture.-By Increase Cooke.-" There is as much eloquence in the tone of voice, in the look, and in the gesture of an orator, as in the use of his words.”—In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned.” HENRY W. EDWARDS, Clerk of the District

of Connecticut. A true copy of Record, examined and sealed by me, H. W. EDWARDS, Clerk of the District

of Connecticut.

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THIS Publication is principally intended for

the accommodation of TEACHERS of ELOCU

TION, and of Young PERSONS, who are in the course of their EDUCATION ; yet to Readers of

every the private Citizen, and to the Christian, as well as to the advanced Scho.

lar, and to the presents an agreea

ble companion, particularly suited to fill up

short intervals of accidental leisure.

A GENERAL View of the variety comprehen

ded in this volume, with the names of the Au

thors from whose works extracts have been

made, so far as they could be ascertained with certa:nty, is exhibited in the following TABLE



ERY, and the OUTLINES OF GESTURE, which are

prefixed, are mostly abstracted from Chapman's

Orator, and are fuller and more minute, it is

believed, than what is commonly to be met with in compilations of this sort.

LIVING AUTHORS, it is hoped, will not be displeased that useful and elegant passages have been borrowed of them, since, as they wrote to reform and improve the age, they will perceive at once, that to place their most important in. structions, and salutary admonitions, in the

hands of Young Persons, and to adapt them to

the use of SCHOOLS and ACADEMIES, is to con

tribute most effectually to the accomplishment of their benevolent design. The works themselves at large are so voluminous and expensive, as to be precluded from a general circulation..... extracts, therefore, are highly expedient, or n ther absolutely necessary.

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