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ARRANGED UNDER THREE DISTINCT HEADS OF POPULAR,
PARLIAMENTARY, AND JUDICIAL ORATORY :
WITH HISTORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS:
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
By THOMAS BROWNE, LL. D.
AUTHOR OF “ VIRIDARIUM POETICUM,” THE “UNION DICTIONARY," &c. &c.
PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORME,
To descant at large on the utility of a Work of this nature, would, it is presumed, be deemed superfluous; yet, it is somewhat remarkable, that, among the numerous tasteful and judicious selections, from our most approved and celebrated writers, for the instruction and edification of youth, a work similar to the present, has not been arranged from the numerous specimens of oratory occasionally exhibited by those Statesmen, Barristers, &c. who have, from time to time, so eminently dignified the Senate and the Forum.It cannot be denied but that Britain, as well as Greece and Rome, has had her Demostheneses and her Ciceros. Upon this ground then, the Editor presumes that a collection of the most polished orations of our Public Speakers, on different political and judicial subjects, will not prove unacceptable to the British Student, as calculated, at once, to infuse the spirit of true Eloquence, and the genuine principles of the constitution.—Having such models as a Chatham, a Burke, a Fox, a Pitt, a Sheridan, &c. in the Senate, and a Mansfield, an Erskine, a Curran, &c. at the Bar, he must be roused to an admiration of their genius, if not to