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MANUAL OF ELOCUTION:

EMBRACING

VOICE AND GESTURE.

DESIGNED FOR

Schools, Academies and Colleges,

AS WELL AS FOR

PRIVATE LEARNERS.

BY MERRITT CALDWELL, A. M.,
PROFESSOR OF METAPHYSICS AND POLITICAL ECONOMY AND TEACHER OF

ELOCUTION IN DICKINSON COLLEGE.'

PHILADELPHIA:
PUBLISHED BY SORIN & B A L L.

NEW YORK :-HUNTINGTON & SAVAGE.
BOSTON:-GOULD, KENDALL & LINCOLN.

AND FOR SALE BY THE PRINCIPAL BOOKSELLERS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES,

9280,845.210

1869. July 29.

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Mary, Augustus &. & Haram willson

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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 AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

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.

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