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XLOCUTION is a Branch of Oratory, the
Power and Importance of which is greater than E
is generally thought; insomuch that Eloquence takes its Name from it.
The great Design and End of a good Pronunciation is, to make the Ideas seem to come from the Heart; and then they will not fail to excite the Attention and Affections of those who hear us.
The Design of this Essay is to thew
I. Now the several Faults of Pronunciation are these following:
1. When the Voice is too loud.
This is very disagreeable to the Hearer, and very inconvenient to the Speaker.
• This contains the Substance of a late excellent Essay on Elocution, publish'd fince the first Edition of the PRECEPTOR, by the Reverend Mr. Mafon of Cheshunt in Hertfordshire; which I have been persuaded by several eminent Schoolmafters, to prefix by way of Introduction to the Lessons on Reading and Speaking.