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ceived, every aid has been given in the notes, that the reader may readily comprehend the meaning of the writer. This has been done in a mannei more full and satisfactory than they have seen in any other collection, and in every instance at the bottom of the page where the difficulty occurs, so that the reacler may not be subjected to the trouble of consulting a dictionary, or other books of reference,-a work which, ir general, if done at all, is done with extreme reluctance, even by advanced pupils.

In order that the student may still more thoroughly understand what he reads, and for the convenience of that large class of readers who have not leisure to peruse voluminous memoirs of distinguished men and yet would be unwilling to forego all knowledge of them, we have introduced concise Biographical Sketches of authors from whose works extracts have been selected, and of persons whose names occur in the Reading Exercises. These sketches, presenting a clear and distinct outline of the life, and producing a clear and distinct impression of the character, furnish an amount of useful and available informatior rarely surpassed by memoirs of greater extent and pretension. List: of the names of authors, both alphabetical and chronological, have also been introduced, thus rendering this a convenient text book fo students in English and American Literature.

The improvements made in the revision of this work are numerous and important. The Treatise on Elocution has been carefully elabora ted, involving the introduction of phonetic exercises, a more critica orthoëpical notation, and many most apt and interesting examples fo illustration. Several of these examples under each section are left un marked, thus affording students opportunities to exercise their judg ment, taste, and discrimination.

The collection of Reading Lessons has been greatly improved by judicious omissions, and the substitution of new dialogues, ballacs dramatic lyrics, and other rhetorical, pieces that are more varied and inspiriting, and better-adapted to elocutionary readings, both public and private. The elassification of these lessons is more systematic and thorough than that ever befoše attempted in any corresponding work They are divided into.formal: sections, in each of which only one lead ing subject is treated, or one impartaht element of Elocution rendered prominent. All practical Aids are furnished by more copious notes new indexes, etc.

New York, June, 1866

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SECTION VIII.....

180

44. Wants-Part First.................James Kirke Paulding. 180

45. Wants-Part Second..

183

46. Wants—Part Third.

..................... 184

SECTION IX..

............

51. Work.......

..... Thomas Carlyle. 199

53. Study......

... Oroille Dewey. 204

SECTION X......

............................. 207

54. Letters.......

...........D. G. Mitchell. 207

55. Select Passages in Prose...........

.. 210

I. Good use of Memory. II. Injudicious Haste in Study-

Locke. III. Studies Bacon. IV. Books—Channing.

V. The Bible-Hall.

56. Buying Books........... ....... Henry Ward Beecher 214

57. Selected Extracts...................... Thomas de Quincey. 217

SECTION XI..........

.................... 221

59. The Poet and his Critics. ......... ... Washington Allston. 224

SECTION XII...........

.... 230

61. Ancient and Modern Writers.............. Charles Sumner 230

63. Sound and Sense........................ Robert Chambers. 234

64. The Power of Words....

.........E. P. Whipple. 237

66. Parallel between Pope and Dryden.....Dr Samuel Johnson. 243

SECTION XIII .................

...................... 247

67. Charge against Lord Byron................ Francis Jeffrey. 247

70. View of the Coliseum...... ......... Orville Dewey. 255

SECTION XIV...

........................... 257

72. Scene with a Panther.............Charles Brockden Brown. 257

73. Count Fathom's Adventure-Part First......T. G. Smollett. 261

74. Count Fathom's Adventure-Part Second.................. 263

76. The Rattlesnake.................. William Gilmore Simms. 270

SECTION XV...

................... 275

77. Irving and Macaulay-Part First....... Wm. M. Thackeray. 275

78. Irving and Macaulay-Part Second..... ............ 277

79. The Puritans...........

....... Thomas B. Macaulay 280

82. Advantages of Adversity.................. Edward Everett. 284

85. Liberty. .................................. Orville Dewey. 291

SECTION XVI....

.................... 293

87. The Death of Hamilton......

..Eliphalet Nott. 294

90. Glory

. Dr. Francis Wayland. 299

SECTION XVII.......

........... 304

92. The Stolen Rifle......................: Washington Irving. 304

93. The Tomahawk submissive to Eloquence. .......John Neal. 305

96. Marius in Prison......... ............ Thomas de Quincey. 311

SECTION XIX.............

............. 338

107. Daniel Webster-Part First............... Edward Everett. 339

108. Daniel Webster-Part Second..

109. From a Historical Address. ................Daniel Webstor 343

.......

.......... 341

PAGE

110. Public Virtue.......

.......Henry Clay. 846

111. Washington's Sword and Franklin's Staff. .....J. Q. Adams. 348

SECTION XX...

..................... 350

113. Paul Flemming Resolves..... Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 352

115. Life......

.............Horace Binney Wallace. 357

SECTION XXI.

.................. 359

116. Blennerhassett's Temptation................ William Wirt. 359

SECTION XXII.......

................... 370

119. Character of Scott.................... William H. Prescott. 370

120. Scene from Ivanhoe...

.......... Sir Walter Scott. 373

121. Shakspeare.............. ................Dr. Johnson. 378

SECTION XXIV

130. Our Honored Dead...

.....Henry Ward Beecher. 403

132. Death of the Old Trapper-Part First..... James F. Cooper. 406

133. Death of the Old Trapper-Part Second................... 410

SECTION XXVI..

140. Scenes from Pickwick—The Dilemma... ... Charles Dickens. 436

141. Scenes from Pickwick-Speech of Sergeant Buzfuz. ........ 440

142. Scenes from Pickwick-Sam Weller as Witness........... 443

143. My Oratorical Experience.............Nathaniel Hawthorne. 447

SECTION XXVII......

............................ 450

145. Forest Trees....... ........... Washington Irving. 452

147. Landscape Beauty........................ Francis Jeffrey. 458

149. Elements of the Swiss Landscape........George B. Cheever. 463

SECTION XXX..........

........... 485

157. Character of Hamlet....

. William Hazlitt. 485

SECTION XXXI.....

................. 505

162. Society the Great Educator................. Orville Dewey. 505

163. The Schoolmaster and the Conqueror..... Henry Brougham. 507

164. Intellectual Power...................James H. Hammond. 509

165. Moral Progress of the American People.... Wm. H. Seward. 511

SECTION XXXII.

168. Hymns.............................Henry Ward Beecher. 521

SECTION XXXIII................................

.................. 532

173. Select Passages in Prose................................. 535

1. Evidence of a Creator-Tillotson. II. Nature Pro-

claims a Deity-Chateaubriand. III. The Unbeliever-

Chalmers. IV. Blessings of Religious Faith-Davy.

SECTION XXXIV........

.......... 543

175. The Poet.....

..........H. B. Wallace. 543

17%. The Influence of Poetry...............William E. Channing. 547

SECTION XXXVII...

............. 575

185. Milton-Part First. ......... Thomas Babbington Macaulay. 575

187. Milton-Part Second..........

................ 577

SECTION XXXVIII.

191. The Knocking at the Gate, in Macbeth. . Thomas de Quincey. 687

SECTION XXXIX............

.......... 590

193. Omnipresence and Omniscience of God. ........... Addison. 593

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