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HE object, which the compiler of this
work had principally in view, was the improvement of youth in Reading, and Speaking. For this end, he has endeavoured to select examples in almost every species of compositions and such as may exercise all those feelings of the soul, and all that diversity of voice and gesture, upon which a just and graceful Elocution depends. -The arrangement adopted, is such as, he conceived, would be most agreeable and advantageous.
The student will here find an entertaining variety; and, applying himself to the Lessons
in Profe and Verse alternately, he will proceed, by a gentle gradation, from those which are simple and easy, to the most complex and difficult. *
* A plan of this nature, was thought more eligible, than that of classing the Lessons under separate heads according to their species (as narrative, didactic, &c.); such a disposition being by no means essential to improvement, and producing a tedious: uni. formity, of which the natural consequences is--to tire and disgust.
THE Appendix contains a considerable number of beautiful passages from dramatic writers. As the sentiments they express, are pointed out by suitable titles, and are, in general, pure and unmixed, they may, if duly attended to, be of singular utility, in ftudying the modes of utterance peculiar to different movements of the mind.
To these are added, as proper concluding pieces, The Pasfions, by Collins; and, Garrick's Odeon Shakespeare.
As the Sacred Writings are in every one's hands, no extracts have been made from them: neither have any dialogues from Plays been inserted ; because a competent number of such examples would have excluded more important matter, or, by considerably enlarging the work, have made it too bulky and expensive for general use.
The necessity of comprising a great variety within the bounds of a moderate volume, and of rendering every piece as complete as possible, will, it is hoped, be a sufficient apology for deviating, in several instances, from the originals.
A reader derives much advantage from correct punctuation. By marking out the true connection between the different parts of a sentence, paragraph, or discourse, he is
enabled to discern more readily the precise
The compiler has only to add, that he