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Browning; and nearly all from Knowles, Croly, Horace Smith, and others, together with the comic dialogues from Morton, Mathews, and Coyne, having been selected or adapted for this collection.

It will be seen that the oratory of the ancients has supplied an unusual number of exercises. A certain novelty has, however, in many instances. been imparted here, by original translations. We have had little, in modern times, to surpass the Philippics of Demosthenes or the fiery invective of Æschines. The putative speeches from Livy, Tacitus, and Sallust, have been newly translated or adapted. In two or three instances, the translation has been so liberal that a nearer relationship to the original than that of a paraphrase has not been claimed. The speeches of Brutus, Caius Marius, Canuleius, Virginius, and others, have been expanded or abridged, to serve the purpose of declamation. The two speeches of Spartacus, that of Regulus, with several others, are now, for the first time, published. The extracts from that strangely depreciated work, Cowper's Homer, have the vivid simplicity and force of the original, and are among the most appropriate exercises for elocution in the whole scope of English blank verse.

Throughout the present volume, in deciding upon the insertion of a piece, the question has been, not "Who wrote it?” or, “What country produced it?" but, "Is it good for the purpose?" Like other arts, that of eloquence is unhedged by geographical lines; and it is as inconsistent with true culture, to confine pupils to American models in this art, as it would be in sculpture or painting. While exercising great freedom of range in selection, however, it has been the editor's study to meet all the demands of a liberal patriotism; to do justice to all the noblest masters of eloquence, and to all schools and styles, from which a grace may be borrowed; and, above all, to admit nothing that could reasonably offend the ear of piety and good taste.

The Introductory Treatise embodies the views, not only of the editor, but of many of our most experienced and distinguished teachers, in regard to the unprofitable character of those "systems" which profess to teach reading and speaking by the rule and plummet of sentential analysis or rhetorical notation. Of these attempts the pupil may well exclaim, in the words of Cowper, —

"Defend me, therefore, common sense, say I,
From reveries so airy, - from the toil

Of dropping buckets into empty wells,
And growing old in drawing nothing up!"

The preceptive portion of the Treatise presents no particular claim to originality; the object being merely to give a summary of all the discoveries and hints that can be serviceable to the student, in the development of his vocal and elocutionary powers.

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PART FIRST.

MORAL AND DIDACTIC

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Frayssinous, 37 40. Death is Compensation,
Massillon, 3841. Fate of Charles XII.,
Ruskin, 3942. Our Duties,

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ANCIENT.

29. The Death of Leonidas,.
30. Catiline to the Gallic Conspirators,
31. Catiline's Last Harangue,
32. The Bard's Summons,
33. Caradoc to Cymrians,
34. Alfred to his Men,
35. Rienzi to the Romans,
36. The Patriot's Pass-word,
37. Richard to the Princes,
38. Richmond to his Men,
39. Henry V. to his Men,

9. Catiline Denounced,.

10. Catiline Expelled,.
11. Verres Denounced,

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17. Eulogium on Franklin,

18. Church and State,

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25. The Republic,

26. Democracy adverse to

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12. Against the Nobility, &c.,
13. Necker's Financial Plan,
14. Disobedience to National Assembly,
16. Reply,.

16. On being Suspected,.

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41. Reconciliation with America, Chatham, 201

42. Repeal claimed as a Right,

43. Lord North's Ministry,

45. On Employing Indians,

Id., 204

45. Ruinous Consequences,

Id., 205

46. America Unconquerable,.

Id., 206

47. Frequent Executions,. Meredith, 207

48. Parliamentary Innovations, Beaufoy, 208

49. Religious Persecution,. Compilation, 209

50. America's Obligations,.

51. Reply to Lord North,

52. Bold Predictions,

53. Conquest of Americans,

Barré, 210

Id., 211

Wilkes, 212

Id., 213

Thurlow, 214

54. Reply to Duke of Grafton,

55. Present Popularity, Lord Mansfield, 214

Mirabeau, 171 56. Magnanin in Politics,

Id., 172 57. American Enterprise,

Id., 173 58. American Taxation,

Id., 174 59. Despotism Unrighteous,

Id., 175 60. Impeachment of Hastings,

Burke, 215

Id., 216

Id., 217

Id., 177 61. Peroration against Hastings,
Id., 17762. To the Bristol Electors,

Vergniaud, 178 63. Marie Antoinette,

Id., 179 64. Irish Rights,

Robespierre, 180 65. Reply to Flood,

Id., 181 66. National Gratitude,

Id., 182 67. Catholic Disqualification,
Trélat, 183 68. Heaven on the Side of Principle,
Lamartine, 185 69. Against Corry,

Socialism, De 70. Union with Great Britain,

Tocqueville, 185 71. The Catholic Question,

72. Religion Independent,

73. Sectarian Tyranny,

74. American War Denounced,

75. Motion to Censure Ministry,

76. Attempt to make him Resign,

77. Barbarism of Ancient Britons,

78. Results of American War,

79. Washington's Foreign Policy,

80. Liberty is Strength,

81. Democratic Governments,

82. Partition of Poland,

83. Atheist Government null,

84. Political Jobbing,

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Bayard, 298
Morris, 299
Id., 300
Clinton, 301

Madison, 302

Gaston, 302

Quincy, 303

Pinkney, 304
J. Randolph, 305

Id., 306
Id., 307

Compilation, 303

J. Q. Adams, 309

Curran, 245 144. The Strongest Government, Jefferson, 297

Id., 246 145. Freedom of Judges,

Canning, 246 146. Judiciary Act,.

Id., 247 147. Free Navigation,.

Id., 248 148. Foreign Conquest,

Id., 249 149. Innovations, .

Id., 250 150. Party Intemperance,
Id., 251 151. The Embargo,
Id., 252 152. Disunion,
Id., 253

Mackintosh, 254

Brougham, 255

Id., 256

O'Connell, 257

Id., 258

. Byron, 259

Sheil, 260

Id., 261

Id., 262

Id., 263

Id., 264

Lord Palmerston, 265

Lord J. Russell, 266

Macaulay, 267

Id., 268

Id., 269

Id., 270

Id., 270

Id., 271

Id., 310

Jackson, 311
Binney, 312

Id., 272
Id., 273

173. Liberty the Meed,
174. Popular Elections,

Croker, 275 175. Military Qualifications, .

Id., 275 176. Opposition,

Talfourd, 276 177. Moral Force,
Id., 277
Id., 278

Peel, 279

Cobden, 280

178. Sympathy with South America,

179. The Poor and Rich,

180. Sudden Conversions, .

181. Constitution Platform,

182. Resistance to Oppression,

183. Peaceable Secession,

184. Clay's Resolutions,.

Henry, 281 185. Justice to the Whole,

Id., 282 186. Matches and Over-matches,

Id., 283 187. S. Carolina and Mass.,

Otis, 284 188. Liberty and Union,

Lee, 285 189. Reply to Webster,

Franklin, 286 190. The South in 1776,

Id., 287 191. The South in 1812,

Adams, 288 192. Defalcations,

Id., 289 193. American Laborers,

Hamilton, 290 194. Fulton's Invention,

Id., 291 195. Sectional Services,

Livingston, 292 196. National Hatreds,

Randolph, 293 197. Precedents,

Washington, 294 198. On Intervention,

Id., 294

Ames, 295

. Id., 296

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127. Resistance,

128. War inevitable,

129. Return of British Fugitives,

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4. Appeal to Lord Avonmore,

5. On being found Guilty,

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PART FOURTH.

FORENSIC AND JUDICIAL.

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6. Great Minds and Christianity, Erskine, 362 13. Moral Power,

7. On Biasing Judgment,

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Mansfield, 364 14. The Death Penalty,

Id., 312

Legare, 313
Id., 314
Clay, 315

Id., 316

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8. Defence of Peltier,

Curran, 353

Id., 353

9. Instigators of Treason,

Id., 354 10. Burr and Blennerhassett,
Id., 355 11. Reply to Wickham,
Emmet, 357 12. Guilt its own Betrayer,

Id., 316
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Id., 319
Calhoun, 320

Id., 321
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McDuffie, 321
Sergeant, 325
Webster, 328
Id., 327
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