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TWO OR THREE HUNDRED CHOICE ANECDOTES ;
BY C. P. BRONSON, A. M., M. D.
TWENTIETH EDITION_21st THOUSAND.
LOUISVILLE: MORTON & GRISWOLD.
NEW YORK: A. S. BARNES & Co.-PHILADELPHIA : THOMAS,
BOSTON: OTIS BROADERS & Co.
THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF THIS SYSTEM. SOME years ago, the Author was extensively engaged as a Public Speaker; and, in consequence of the habit of speaking, principally, with the muscles of the throat and breast, he finally broke down,-falling senseless, after speaking about an hour and a half: that was followed by a protracted illness; during which, he providentially discovered the Causes, and also the Remedies, of the difficulties under which he had labored; and now, for months in succession, by the aid of these principles, he often speaks from six to ten hours a day, without the least inconvenience: the principal cause of which is, that the effort is made from the dorsal and abdominal region. Few are aware of the comprehensive nature of the principles here partially unfolded ; and probably
the Author would now be in a similar state, had it not been for the teachings afforded by children and Indians. To secure a perfectly healthy distribution of the vital fluids throughout the body, and a free and powerful activity of the mind, there must be a full and synchronous action in the brain, the lungs, and the viscera of the abdomen; the soul operating, naturally, on the dorsal and abdominal muscles, and thus setting in motion the whole body.
That he was the first to teach the specific use of those muscles, for a healthy breathing, and the exercise of the vocal organs, as well as blowing on wind instruments for hours together, without injury, he has not the least doubt; and, if any person will produce evidence to the contrary, from any medical writer, or teacher of elocution, previous to 1830, he shall be handsomely rewarded. The time is fast approaching, when this, and its kindred subjects, will be duly appreciated; and it will be seen and felt that without a practical knowledge of these important principles, no one can become a successful speaker, or teacher : and the opinion is advisedly expressed, that they will produce as great a revolution in regard to the promotion of health, the art of reading and speaking with science and effect, and the perfect development and cultivation of mind, voice, and ear,--as the discovery of the mariner's compass, or the invention of the steam engine, in navigation, manufacture, and travel;—and, to be the medium of introducing such a system, by which so many thousands have been greatly benefited, and hundreds of lives saved, is the occasion of devout gratitude to the INFINITE AUTHOR of all that is Good and TRUE.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1845, by C. P. BRONSON,
In the Clerk's office for the District Court of Kentucky.
Stereotyped by J. A. James, Cincinnati.
Testimonials and References. stion, combined with other causes, produced bronch Five classes were formed in the Academical de. tis, from which I have been suffering inore than 18 partment of Yale College, and three in the Theolog freely without irritating my throat. My voice has
months. By your directions, I can speak and sing ical Department. The following is an extract from the testimonials of the latter:
its natural tone and compass; and I have the de. Resolved, That we consider his system exceeding-lightful prospect of soon resuming my accustomed ly well adapted to develop and train the voice, and
labors give expression to the passions; and we believe it
“ Professor Bronson's Recitations are the best we calculated to promote the health of public speakers. ever heard."--National Intelligencer, Being persuaded that we have derived essential ad- Proi Bronson's Lectures and Recitations, have vantage from his instructions, we hereby express given universal delight.-- Louisville Journal. our thanks for the assiduity and skill with which he has directed us in our practice, and most cordially rect."- Baltimore Atheneum and Visitor.
The Recitations of Mír. Bronson, are almost per recommend him to the patronage of all who would cultivate their voices with a view to public speaking.
“ Mr. Bronson's success has been most complete.
- U.S. Guzette. EXTRACT.-From Professors of Princeton College and Theological Seminary, N. J.-We have had good the wonderful capabilities of the human voice, and
“Mr. B. exhibits with surprising ease and power opportunities for witnessing the success of Mr. Bron: illustrates convincingly the practibility and impor: son. His method of using the organs of speech with most advantage, is preferable to any we have known.
tance of cultivating its powers.- Teachers, public lle is distinguished from other
teachers of elocution speakers, and the youth of both sexes, should avail by the fact, that instead of trying to impart his own
themselves of this opportunity."--Newark Ado. style of declamation, he aims at cultivating the voice, “ His superior as a speaker, we have yet to meet, and then leaves the pupil to nature.
either at the bar, in the pulpit, or on the floor of a EXTRACT.-From the Rev. Mr. Bingham, Marietta, legislative body.”--Ohio State Journal, Columbus. 0. to Professor Stuart, Andover, Mass.-" Will you permit wie to introduce to your acquaintance, Prof. much injured by tight lacing when very young and
A lady, (Mrs. G. of Boston,) says_“Ilaving been Bronson, a popular and saccessful Lecturer on Elo- also by keeping in a bent position at school for years, cution. He has been for some time past, lecturing I was bent forward in such a manner as to suppose to the Professors and students in this College. As I was afflicted with permanent distortion of the spine. a Lecturer on Elocution I have never seen his supe. Still I resolved to join the class, and prove the truth rior. Our Professors, who have been under the in. or falschood of professor B's. predictions, that I struction of Dr Barber, say the same. He has made should become straight by faithfully attendine to his subjeet one of very thorough study-and, what the principles. In a few days I was restored.” is best of all, he has studied Nature.
EXTRACT--From the Faculty of Marietta College, EXTRACT:- Letter from a distinguished lady in Ohio.-“ Prof. Bronson has just closed a very suc
Boston. Prof. Bronson ; Sir-I wish to express to cessful course of instruction on Elocation in this in- you my grateful acknowledgements for the great stitution. The principles which he teaches appcar
benefit s nave received from your system. I have to be founded on a philosophical view of man. His
for many years been afflicted with extreme weakness illustrations are copious and pertinent; and in his la- of the lungs, which fatigue, either in exercise, conbors to train the voice and develop and
cultivate versation or reading, produced not only hoarseness,
I have found, upon trial, my ex the uffections and passions he is indefatigable. His but loss of voice
I can now, whole course of instruction is marked by a rigid pectations more than realized. deference to Natnre, and is truly simple and unaffect eaze, converse, or read aloud, hour after hour fected. We take pleasure in recommending bim to without the least fatigue. an intelligent community. PROF BRONSON is a gentleman of much original. following resolution was unanimously adopted by a
At the close of his Lectures in the Apollo, the ity of thought, extensive reading and remarkable crowded house of ticket holders : powers. His Lectures, beyond the charm of novel.
Resolved, That the thanks of the members of this iy, are very interesting.-Albany Evening Journal.meeting be presented to PROF. BRONSON for his
We warmly recommend Prof. Bronson's reading successful efforts in connection with Mr. F. H. and recitations to the attention of all those who are Nash, his Assistant,) to interest, amuse and instruct partial to effectual and powerful elocution: They them. They conclude, by expressing their high ad. are an excellent substitute for dramatic exhibitions miration of Prof Bronson's sincerity, zeal and abi. -Daily Signal, N. Y We feel anxious that a knowledge of Mr. Bronson's lity in the cause of truth and humanity, and tende.
ring to him their best wishes, that success and pecular views should be extended, believing them highly important. not only in juvenile education, prosperity may attend him in his noble and gene
rous enterprise. AMOS BELDEN, Chairman. but to the professional speaker.-National Gazette,
E. PARMLY, Secretary. Philadelphia.
Prof. BRONSON'S new theory in relation to the sci- At a meeting of the Classes, the Rev. CHARLES ence of Elocution, is, in our judgment, founded in G. SOMMERS, Chairman, and Dr Amos JOHNSON, truth, the author being a practical illustration of the Secretary, the following Resolution was unanj soundness of his doctrine.-Oneida Whig, (Ulica) mously adopted: N. Y.
Resolved, That the Ladies and Gentlemen, who From the Philadelphia Daily World. have attended a series of Lessons and Lectures, by We render no more than justice in pronouncing Prof. BRONSON, on Elocution, Music and PhysioloProf Bronson's Recitations the best we ever heard. gy, feel great pleasure in expressing their high His recitation of "The Maniac, ” by Lewis, was sense of his urbanity, uncompromising regard for terrific. We never before saw confirmed, hopeless TRUTH, as the basis of Religion and sound Philosoraving insanity so thorougly counterfeited by any phy; as well as their entire belief that his method actor. In the course of his recitations he explains of imparting knowledge is as natural and interest. his discoveries (for such they are,) in Elocution. ling, as it is nodel; and that it is admirably calcula.
From the Rev. MR. Cook, of Hartford, Conn, ted to promote the health of the Body, and the in. who received only twelve lessons.
provement of the Mind. The Classes desire also to PROF. BRONSON—Dear Sir-My Physician, Dr. express their indebtedness to Mr. Nash, Prof. B.'s Sherwood, of N. Y., directed me to you for aid in accomplished Associate, whose critical knowledge recovering the use of my voice. A habit of speaking of VOCAL SCIENCE, so happily connected with unsolely with the rnuscles of my breast and throat, usual Melody and Power of Voice, eminently qual attributable in part at least to Dr. Barber's instruc-fies him for an Instructor in Music.