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THIs work having been undertaken principally with the design of assisting the Students at WARRINGTON, in acquiring a just and graceful Elocution, I feel a peculiar propriety in addressing it to you, as a public acknowledgment of the steady support which you have given to this Institution , and the important services which you have rendered it.
Iw this Seminary, which was as first established, and has been uniformly conducted, on the extensive plan of providing a proper course of Instruction for young men in the most useful branches of Science and Literature, you have seen many respectable charactersformed, who are now filling up their stations in society , with reputation to themselves and adwantage to the Public. And , while the same great object continues to be pursued, by faithjul endeavours to cultivate the understandings of youth, and by a steady attention to disciiv DEDICATION.
pline, it is hoped, that you will have z/e sasissaction to observe the same effects Zoroduced, and that the scene will be realized, whic/ O UR PoETEss has so beautisusly described—
When this, this little group their country calls
and most obedient Servant,
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 pri
vate company, and almost every public assem
bly affords opportunities of remarking the differ-
all other rules will only produce affected decla
mation, not just elocution. And some accurate observers, judging, perhaps, from a few unlucky