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S I R,

THIs work having been undertaken principally with the design of assisting the Students at WARRINGTON, in acquiring a just and graceful Elocution, I feel a peculiar propriety in addressing it to you, as a public acknowledgment of the steady support which you have given to this Institution , and the important services which you have rendered it.

Iw this Seminary, which was as 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 charactersformed, who are now filling up their stations in society , with reputation to themselves and adwantage to the Public. And , while the same great object continues to be pursued, by faithjul endeavours to cultivate the understandings of youth, and by a steady attention to disciiv DEDICATION.

pline, it is hoped, that you will have z/e sasissaction to observe the same effects Zoroduced, and that the scene will be realized, whic/ O UR PoETEss has so beautisusly 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 thro’ 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 defend.

I am,
With sincere Respect and Gratitude,
Four much obliged,

and most obedient Servant,


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Much declamation has been employed to convince the world of a very plain truth, that to be able to speak well is an ornamental and useful accomplishment. Without the laboured panegyrics of ancient or modern orators, 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 pri

vate company, and almost every public assem

bly affords opportunities of remarking the differ-
ence between a just and graceful, and a faulty
and unnatural elocution; and there are few per-
sons who do not daily experience the advantages
of the former, and the inconveniences of the
latter. The great difficulty is, not to prove that
it is a desirable thing to be able to read and
speak with propriety, but to point out a prac-
ticable and easy method by which this accom—
plishment may be acquired.
Follow Nature, is certainly the fundamen-
tal law of Oratory, without a regard to which,

all other rules will only produce affected decla

mation, not just elocution. And some accurate observers, judging, perhaps, from a few unlucky

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