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BREATHINGS. Jst. Full breathing. — Place the arms and hands as required in the first movement; slowly draw the breath until the chest is fully expanded; emit it with the utmost slowness,

2d. Audible breathing. Draw in the breath as in full breathing and expire it audibly in a prolonged sound of the letter H.

3d. Forcible breathing. — Fill the lungs, and then let out the breath suddenly and forcibly in the manner of an abrupt ani whispered cough.

4th. Sighing. — Fill suddenly the lungs with a full breath and emit it as quickly as possible.

5th. Gasping. — With a convulsive effort inflate the lungs; then send forth the breath more gently.

6th. Panting. — Breathe quickly and violently, making the emis sion of the breath loud and forcible.


For exercises of the voice, and especially in articulation, the table of elementary sounds and the preliminary exercises should be used daily and with a most assiduous practice.

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1st. In a distinct and moderate utterance of all the sounds. 2d. In an explosive and forcible manner of making each sound

3d. In the application of all the elements of Elocution, while producing the different sounds; as, Emphasis, Inflection, Pitch, Force, Tone, (especially the orotund,) Movement, &c.

A chart of these elementary sounds ought to be hung up in every school-room, and made the subject of diligent practice for some time.

I proceed now to give a brief exposition of the principles of Elocution. I have purposely dwelt but little on this part, because I designed this book more as a manual of exercises, than as an elaborate treatise on the subject; and experience has taught me that multiplying rules and technical directions in an art that depends w much upon instinct, and nature brcught into play by example, has the effect of " killing the spirit in the letter."


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l'haracter of True Eloquence...

Webster 41

Phillips on the Policy of England..



Grattan. 43

Washington a Man of Genius.

.E. P. Whipple. 44

Chalmers on War ...

The Famine in Ireland.

S. S. Prentiss. 46

Cicero for Milo ....


Demosthenes to the Athenians


Balathiel to Titus

Croly. 49

Phillips on the Wrongs of Ireland.


The Price of Eloquence.

Chauncey Colton, D. D. 52

A Political Pause

Fox. 53

Prevalence of War

.Grimke. 54

New England and the Union.

S. S. Prentiss. 55

Christianity the Basis of Liberty

.Beecher. 56

Phillips on Washington.


Rolla to the Peruvians.

. Sheridan. 58

Speech of Belial, dissuading War

Milton. 59

Popular Elections

.George M'Duffie. 60

The Mexican War.

Thomas Corwin. 61

Phillips on America


Adams and Jefferson

Edward Everett. 63

Moloch's Oration for War..

.Milton. 63

Cassius instigating Brutus against Cæsar

.Shakspeare. 64

'The Adventurers in the Mayflower .

Everett. 65

Hannibal to the Carthaginian Army


The Folly of Disunion..

Gaston. 67

Phillips on the Catholic Question.


Character of Napoleon Bonaparte

Phillips. 69

A Call to Liberty .

Warren 70

Speech of Logan, the Indian Chief.

.Humphrey. 71

The Wrongs of the Indian Race.

. Story. 72

Ames' Speech on the British Treaty


The Riglit of England to Tax America

Burke. 74

South Carolina and Massachusetts

Webster. 75

The Same, Continued.

Webster. 76

Lord Stanhope on Neutral Rights


Chatham on the American Revolution


The Same, Continued

.Chatham. 78

The Irish Disturbance Bill.

Daniel ('Connell. 79

British Influence....

..John Randolph. 81

Webster's Reply to Hayne



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Reply to Webstei, in Senate, 1830 ...

Specimen of the Eloquence of James Otis.

God's Rebuke to Job....

Chatham's Reply to Hillsborough

The Federal Union....

Necessity of a Pure National Morality.

Self-Vindication ..

Reply to the Duke of Grafton..

The Perfect Orator...

Anniversary of the Settlement of New England

Events Great, because of their Results ..

Corruption, the Cause of the Fall of States.

An Appeal in behalf of American Liberty

The Tomahawk submissive to Eloquence .

Ancient and Modern Productions

The Murderer's Secret ...,

The Same, Continued

French Aggressions..

Supposed Speech of John Adams

The Same, Continued.

The Miseries of War.

Free Discussion .

1. American Institutions..

Speech of Patrick Henry.

The Same, Continued

Brutus justifying the Assa-sination of Cæsar

Hamlet's Address to the Players..

Curran in defense of Rowan

Curran on the Liberty of the Press.

The Same, Continued...

Noble Defense of Irish Character

Curran on Irish Emancipation....

On the Union of Church and State.

Speech to Mr. Finley...

Curray against O'Brien

Curran in defense of Orr

The Same, Continued..

The Public Informer..

Appeal to the Jury

Speech of Mr. Phillips.

'The Same, Continued

The Same, Continued

1. Napoleon Bonaparte..

Tha Same, Continued

Appeal to the Jury against Blake..

1. Appeal to the Jury in behalf of "'Mullen

The Same, Coutinued

Appeal to the Jury against Dillon

On the Liberty of the Press.

The Advantages of Education

Appeal to the Jury in behalf of Guthrie.

Au Appeal to the Jury.

The Fallen Wife...

The Same, Continued.

Curran agaiust Mr. Justice Johnston.

The Samo, Continued....

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Employment of Indians in Civilized Warfare.... Chatham. 148

Moloch and Satan, before the Powers of Hell

White, 149

The Same, Continued.....

White. 150

Marullus to the Mob...

. Shakspeare. 150

Speech of Raab Kiuprili

Coleridge. 151

The Seminole's Reply..

G. W. Patten. 152

Extract from a Speech of Mr. Burke


The Indignation of Constance

Shakspeare. 154

The Passing of the Rubicon

Knowles. 155

Las Casas dissuading from Battle

. Sheridan. 156

Rienzi's Address to the Romans

Miss Mitford. 157

Speech of Sempronius for War..

Addison. 158

Cæsar's Triumphs ...

.Knowles. 159

Reply to the Reflections of Mr. Walpole

Pill. 160

Gratian's Reply to Mr. Corry..


Catiline on hearing his Sentence of Banishment

.Croly. 162

From Cicero's Oration against Verres...


From Cicero's First Oration against Catiline.


Bolingbroke against Norfolk ....

. Shakspeare. 165

Meeting of Death and Satan.

Milton. 166

The Quarrel of Achilles and Atrides

. Pope. 167

The Same, Continued...

.Pope. 16€

Gloster's Indignation

.. Shakspeare. 169

Norfolk against Bolingbroke..

.Shakspeare. 170

Margaret's Curse...

.Shakspeare. 172


Song, from the Lady of the Lake.

Scott. 173

The Death-Fire..

Ann S. Stephens. 174

A Fever Dream.

.John M. Harney. 175

Bernardine Du Born.

.Sigourney. 176

The Kaiser

W. Howitt. 178

The American Patriot's Song

Anonymous. 179

The Flight of Xerxes.

Miss Jewsbury. 179

The Village Blacksmith

.Longfellow. 180

The Last Days of Herculaneum

. Atherstone. 182

The Prisoner in Herculaneum..

Atherstone. 183

The Baron's Last Banquet.

. Albert G. Greene. 184

Bernardo and King Alphonso..

Lockhart. 185

The Battle of Bannockburn

...Campbell. 187

Henry V, at the Seige of Harfleur.

.Shakspeare. 188

Henry V, encouraging his Soldiers

Shakspeare. 189

New England's Dead...

M'Lellan. 190


..Byron. 191

The Gladiator


Science and Religion.

. Mrs. Sigourney. 194

The O’Kavanagh.

.J. Augustus Shen. 195

* Look Not Upon the Wine."

Willis 196



Lewis. 197

. Anonymous. 199

. Southey. 201

.Montgomery. 204

. Lewis. 205

W. Spencer. 207

Smith. 210

Dr. Druke. 211

.. Scott. 213

Woodworth. 215

. Pierpont. 216

. Campbell. 216

Anonymous. 217

.Longfellow. 218

Cumpbell. 220

. Marsden. 220

Couper. 221

Mrs. Hemans. 223


. Byron. 225

.Dimond. 226

. Anonymous. 228

Campbell, 229

Willis. 231

Wolfe. 232

Hillhouse. 233

. Shakspeare. 234

.Bryant. 235

Willis. 236

Mrs. Hemans. 239

Anonymous 240

.Campbell. 241

Mrs. Hemans. 242

. Scott. 243

.Byron. 244

. Anonymous. 215

Anonymous. 246

. Rogers. 247

. Anonymous. 248

.Bryant. 249

Montgomery. 250

.Bryant. 251

Bryant. 252

Wordsworth. 254

Campbell, 256

Campbell. 257

. Scott. 257

.Byron. 253

. Byron. 259

. Byron. 260

.Milford Bird. 261

. Macaulay. 262

.Macaulay. 264

Macaulay 267

..Croly 269

. Scott, 270

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