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THE IMPROVEMENT OF YOUTH IN READING AND

SPEAKING.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED

AN ESSAY ON ELOCUTION.
November 14-1873
BY WILLIAM ENFIELD, LL.D.

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Sustulit ad proceres expectatoque resolvit
Ora sono; nee abest facundis gratia dietis.

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John Carill Worsley, Esq.

LATE PRESIDENT OF,

THE ACADEMY IN WARRINGTON.

Sir, THIS work having been undertaken principally with the design of assisting the Students at WARRINGTON, in aequising a just and graceful Elodition, I feel-a peculiar propriety in addressing it to you, as a public aeknowledgment of the steadysupport which you have given to this institution, and the important services which you have rendered it.

In this Seminary, which was at first established and has been uniformly conducted, on the extensive plan of providing a proper course of instruction for young men in the most useful branches of Science and Literature, you have seen many respectable characters formed, who are now filling up their stations in society with putation to themselves, and advantage to the public. And while the same great object continues to be pursued, by faithful endeavours to cultivate the understandings of youth

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and by a steady attention to discipline, it is hoped, that you will have the satisfaction to observe the same effects produced, and that the scene will be Fealized, which our POETESS has so beautifully described:

When this, this little group their country calls
From academic shades and learned halls,
To fix her laws, her spirit to sustain,
And light up glory through her wide domain ;-
Their various tastes in different arts display'd.
Like temper'd harmony of light and shade,
With friendly union in one mass shall blend,
And this adorn the state, and that defenda

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ESSAY

ELOCUTION..

MUCH declamation has been employed 10 COB vince the world of a very plain truth, that to bear able to speak well is an ornamental and useful? accomplishment. Without the laboured panegyrics of ancient or modern otators, the importance of a good elocution is sufficiently obvious. Every one: will acknowledge it to be of some consequence, that what a man has hourly occasion to do, should be done well.

Every private company, and almost, every public assembly afford opportunities of remarking the difference between a just and graceful,. and a faulty and unnatural elocution; and there are few persons who do not Jaily experience the advan. tages of the former, and the inconveniencies of the. latter. The great difficulty is, not to prove that it is a desirable thing to be able to read and speak with. proprietý, but to point out a practicable and easy. method by which this accomplishment may be acquired.

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