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MANUAL OF ELOCUTION:
VOICE AND GESTURE.
Schools, Academies and Colleges,
AS WELL AS FOR
BY MERRITT CALDWELL, A. M.,
PROFESSOR OF METAPHYSICS AND POLITICAL ECONOMY AND TEACHER OF
ELOCUTION IN DICKINSON COLLEGE.
NEW YORK:-HUNTINGTON & SAVAGE.
AND FOR SALE BY THE PRINCIPAL BOOKSELLERS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES,
1869. july 29
& new albany and
ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1844, by
MERRITT CALDWELL, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
STEREOTYPED BY L. JOHNSON
PRINTED BY T. K. & P. G. COLLINS, PHILADELPHIA.
To Those, who during the last sixteen years have, from time to
time, been under my tuition,-many of whom are now occupying posts of honor and usefulness, in the Church, in the State, and
in the various departments of Instruction,—this Manual is most
respectfully dedicated, by
The preparation of this Manual would not have been undertaken, but for the obvious want, at the present time, of a suitable text-book in Elocution, for the use of classes in our colleges, academies, and schools. And if undertaken, the effort would have proved comparatively futile, but for the existence of such works as “ The Philosophy of the human Voice,” by James Rush, M. D., of Philadelphia, from the valuable materials of which I have been permitted to draw at pleasure,—and the “Chironomia," of Austin, which for nearly forty years has been the common source from which have been derived the principles of Gesture. I take pleasure in acknowledging my obligations to these eminently philosophical works; and this acknowledgment I wish to make in this preface in terms so general, as not again to need to recur to the subject. Having used these books for several years as works of almost daily reference, nothing but the most studied affectation could prevent me from employing the materials which they so richly furnish for the use of all future learners in the principles of the voice and of gesture. But aside from this general use of these works, I have referred directly to them, in the preparation of almost every chapter and section of this Manual; nor could I otherwise have done justice to the ordinary learner, since these books, both by their scarcity and their price, are placed beyond his reach.