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PART I.

ON

READING, SPEAKING, and

WRITING LETTERS.

VOL. I.

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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
First, What a bad Pronunciation is, and how to avoid it.
Secondly, What a good Pronunciation is, and how to attain it.

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.

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