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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1869, by

ELDREDGE & BROTHER, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the

Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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PRE FACE

IT is not our purpose to apologize for adding another

to the numerous “Speakers ” extant, so many of which possess undoubted merit.

The subject presents a wide field; and we believe that there is room for them, and for this in which are collated standard selections that have acquired a reputation either for their intrinsic worth or for their fitness to exemplify the principles forming the basis of true elocution.

Arguments are not now needed to show that great advantages may — rather must — result from the thorough mastery of an art which has done so much to perpetuate the virtues of individuals, to establish the renown of nations, and to extend the blessings of civilization and Christianity. Such knowledge is absolutely essential to ensure success in those professions that involve public speaking; and especially is it important in this favored land of ours, in which almost every one is, at some period of life, called upon to take part in public affairs, or to discuss questions of great local or national interest, and

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1869, by

ELDREDGE & BROTHER, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the

Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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PREFACE.

IT
T is not our purpose to apologize for adding another

to the numerous “Speakers " extant, so many of which possess undoubted merit.

The subject presents a wide field; and we believe that there is room for them, and for this in which are collated standard selections that have acquired a reputation either for their intrinsic worth or for their fitness to exemplify the principles forming the basis of true elocution.

Arguments are not now needed to show that great advantages may — rather must — result from the thorough mastery of an art which has done so much to perpetuate the virtues of individuals, to establish the renown of nations, and to extend the blessings of civilization and Christianity. Such knowledge is absolutely essential to ensure success in those professions that involve public speaking; and especially is it important in this favored land of ours, in which almost every one is, at some period of life, called upon to take part in public affairs, or to discuss questions of great local or national interest, and

in which the man possessed of the power of eloquence, has

open before him almost numberless avenues to influence, distinction, and fame.

In the hope that the selections here presented may subserve the purposes for which they have been arranged, and, at the same time, tend to instruct the mind, improve the taste, and cultivate the heart, we submit them to the student, the teacher, and the amateur, asking a full appreciation of aught that is good in them, and a charitable criticism of all that is faulty.

P. L.

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 25, 1869.

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