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Page Chap. 1. THE DERVISE ............. Speclator,

15 14. SIR BALAAM .................. Pope, 96 2. A TURKISH TALE

16 15. EDWIN AND EMMA .......... Mallett, 38 3. AVARICE AND LUXURY

Ib. 17 16. CELADON AND AMELIA.... Thomson, 40 4. PLEASURE AND PAIN ....

18 17. JUNIO AND THEANA ...... Grainger, 42 5. LABOUR.................... ... World, 2018. DOUGLAS TO L. RANDOLPH .. Home, 46 6. THE OLD MAN AND HIS ASS .... Ib. 21 |19. OTHELLO'S APOLOGY... Shakspeare, 47 7. THE CHOICE OF HERCULES, Tatler, ib. 20. F.LIZA ....... ........ Darwin, 48 8. PITY ................... Mrs. Barbauld, 24 21. THE MORALIZER CORRECTED, 9. THE DEAD ASS........... Sterne, 25

Cowper, 50 10. THE SWORD

1. .... Ib. 27 22. THE FAITHFUL FRIEND ........ Ib ber 11. MARIA

..... Ib. 2993. PAIRING TIME ANTICIPATED.... Ib. 53 12. THE CHAMELEON .......... Merrick, 33 24. THE NEEDLESS ALARM .......... Ib. 54 13. THE YOUTH AND THE PHILOSO. 25. THE MODERN RAKE'S PROGRESS, PHER.. .Whitehead, 95

Hurdis, 58

BOOK III.- DIDACTIC PIECES.

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Page 1. ON MODESTY Spectator, 61 | 15. ON HAPPINESS...

.. Pope, 87 2. ON CHEERFULNESS .............. Ib. 63 16. ON VIRTUE .................... Ib. 89 3. ON SINCERITY.............. Tillotson, 66 17. ON VERSIFICATION ............ Ib. 90 4. ON HONOUR................ Guardian, 68 18. LESSONS ON WISDOM .... Armstrong, 92 5. ON GOOD HUMOUR ........ Rambler, 70 19. AGAINST INDOLENCE: An Epistle : 6. ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE

Davies, 94 WORLD .....

....... Ib. 73 20. ELEGY TO A YOUNG NOBLEMAN, 7 ON THE ADVANTAGES OF UNITING

Mason, 97 GENTLENESS OF MANNERS WITH 21. ON THE MISERIES OF HUMAN FIRMNESS OF MIND, L. Chesterfield, 75 LIFE

..... Thomson, 98 8. ON GOOD SENSE ...........: Melmoth, 771 22. REFLECTIONS ON A FUTURE 9. ON STUDY...... ........ Bacon, 78 STATE

......... Ib. 99 10. ON SATIRICAL WIT .......... Sterne, 7923. ON PROCRASTINATION Young, 100 II. HAMLET'S INSTRUCTIONS TO THE 24. THE PAIN ARISING FROM VIRPLAYERS

..... Shakspeare, 80 TUOUS EMOTIONS ATTENDED 2. THE PRESENT CONDITION OF MAN

WITH PLEASURE..........

.. Akenside, 102 VINDICATED..

Pope, 8125. ON TASTE ........................ Ib. 104 13. ON THE ORDER OF NATURE.... Ib. 8326. THE PLEASURES ARISING FROM A 14. THE ORIGIN OF SUPERSTITION

CULTIVATED IMAGINATION .. Ib 106 AND TYRANNY ...

. Ib. 84 27. SLAVERY .................. Darwin, 109

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BOOK IV.-ARGUMENTATIVE PIECES

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BOOK VII.-_DESCRIPTIVE PIECES.

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ESSAY ON ELOCUTION.

-Id affert ratio, docent literæ, confirmat consuetudo legendi et loquendi.--Cloete

Much declamation has been employed, to convince the world of a very plain truth, that to be able to speak well is, an ornamental and useful accomplishment. Without the laboured panegyrics of ancient or modern orators, the importance of a good elocution is sufficiently obvious. Every one will acknowledge it to be of some consequence, that what a man has hourly occasion to do, should be done well. Every private company, and almost every public assembly, afford opportunities of remarking the difference between a just and graceful, and a faulty and unnatural elocution ; and there are few persons, who do not daily experience the advantages of the former, and the inconveniences of the latter. The great difficulty is, not to prove that it is a desirable thing to be able to read and speak with propriety, but to point out a practicable and easy method, by which this accomplishment may be acquired.

Follow Nature, is certainly the fundamental law of Oratory, without regard to which, all other rules will only produce affected declamation, not just elocution. And some accurate observers, judging, perhaps, from a few unlucky specimens of modern eloquence, have concluded, that this is the only law which ought to be prescribed; that all artificial rules are useless; and that good sense, and a cultivated taste, are the only requisites to form a good public speaker. But it is true in the art of speaking, as well as in the art of living, that general precepts are of little use, till they are unfolded, and applied to particular cases. To discover and correct those tones and habits of speaking, which are gross deviations from Nature, and, as far as they prevail, must destroy

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