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ciple and rule fully understood to substitute for the useless manner of studying the art by committing to memory answers to proposed questions, the more ra. tional method of studying examples. A work on Rhetoric which shall effect these objects, he knows will be valuable.
Bowdoin College, May, 1829.
Should we read the production of one who is justly ac. counted a good writer, we should be conscious that our attention had been engaged,--that we had been pleased, and if the subject was one which could interest the feelings, that we had been moved. If from being conscious of these effects we are led to search for their causes, we shall find that our attention has been engaged by the valuable thoughts and just reasonings that have been exhibited; we have been pleased by what has given exercise to our imagination,-by bappy turns of expression--by well introduced and well supported illustrations. We have been moved, because the writer, whose productions we have read was moved, and our feelings of sympathy have caused us to be borne along on the same current by which he was carried forward. But we now ask, what may be hence inferred on the part of the writer ? Do we not discover, that his mind has been stored with knowledge ?-that his imagination is active and well regulated, and his heart alive to emotion ? And is it not from his possessing these resources, these intellectual and moral habits, that he has been able to en