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BREATHINGS. Jsl. Full breathing. — Place the arins and hands as required in the first movement; slowly draw the breath until the chest is fully expanded; emit it with the utmost slowness.

2d. Audible breathing. - Draw in the breath as in full breathing and expire it audibly in a prolonged sound of the letter H.

3d. Forcible breathing. Fill the lungs, and then let out the breath suddenly and forcibly in the manner of an abrupt an! whispered cough.

4th. Sighing. — Fill suddenly the lungs with a full breath and emit it as quickly as possible.

5th. Gasping. — With a convulsive effort inflate the lungs; then send forth the breath more gently.

6th. Panting. — Breathe quickly and violently, making the emis sion of the breath loud and forcible.


For exercises of the voice, and especially in articulation, the table of elementary sounds and the preliminary exercises should be used daily and with most assiduous practice.


1st. In a distinct and moderate utterance of all the sounds. 2d. In an explosive and forcible manner of making each sound

3d. In the application of all the elements of Elocution, while producing the different sounds; as, Emphasis, Inflection, Pitch, Force, Tone, (especially the orotund,) Movement, &c.

A chart of these elementary sounds ought to be hung up in every school-room, and made the subject of diligent practice for some time.

I proceed now to give a brief exposition of the principles of Elocution. I have purposely dwelt but little on this part, because I designed this book more as a manual of exercises, than as an elaborate treatise on the subject; and experience has taught me that multiplying rules and technical directions in an art that depends w much upon instinct, and nature brcught into play by exarıple, has the effect of “killing the spirit in the letter."




(haracter of True Eloquence.

Webster 41

Phillips on the Policy of England..


reland ...

Grattan. 43

Washington a Man of Genius.

.E. P. Whipple. 44

Chalmers on War.

The Famine in Ireland.

.S. S. Prentiss. 46

Cicero for Milo ...


Demosthenes to the Athenians


Balathiel to Titus

Croly. 49

Phillips on the Wrongs of Ireland.


The Price of Eloquence.

.Chauncey Colton, D. D. 52

A Political Pause

Fox. 53

Prevalence of War

Grimke. 54

New England and the Union..

.S.S. Prentiss. 55

Christianity the Basis of Liberty

.Beecher. 56

Phillips on Washington.


Rolla to the Peruvians.

. Sheridan, 58

Speech of Belial, dissuading War

Milton, 59

Popular Elections

.George M'Duffie. 60

The Mexican War.

Thomas Corwin. 61

Phillips on America


Adams and Jefferson

Eduard Everett. 63

Moloch's Oration for War.

..Milton. 63

Cassius instigating Brutus against Cæsar

.Shakspeare. 64

The Adventurers in the Mayflower .

. Everett. 65

Hannibal to the Carthaginian Army


The Folly of Disunion...

Gaston. 67

Phillips on the Catholic Question.


Character of Napoleon Bonaparte

Phillips. 69

A Call to Liberty

Warren 70

Speech of Logan, the Indian Chief..

.Humphrey. 71

The Wrongs of the Indian Race..

. Story. 72

Ames' Speech on the British Treaty


'The Right of England to Tax America

. Burke. 74

South Carolina and Massachusetts

Webster. 75

The Same, Continued

Webster. 76

Lord Stanhope on Neutral Rights


Chatham on the American Revolution


The Same, Continued

.Chatham. 78

The Irish Disturbance Bill.

Daniel O'Connell. 79

British Influence....

.John Randolph. 81

Webster's Reply to Hayne


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Reply to Webster, in Senate, 1830 ...

Specimen of the Eloquence of James Otis.

God's Rebuke to Job...

Chatham's Reply to Hillsborough

The Federal Union..

Necessity of a Pure National Morality.

Self-Vindication ....

Reply to the Duke of Grafton...

The Perfect Orator....

Anniversary of the Settlement of New England

Events Great, because of their Results

Corruption, the Cause of the Fall of States.

An Appeal in behalf of American Liberty

The Tomahawk submissive to Eloquence

Ancient and Modern Productions

The Mardanr's Secret

The Same, Continued

French Aggressions..

Supposed Speech of John Adams

The Same, Continued..

The Miseries of War.

Free Discussion ...

1. American Institutions.

Speech of Patrick Henry

The Same, Continued

Brutus justifying the Assassination of Cæsar

Hamlet's Address to the Players..

Curran in defense of Rowan

Curran on the Liberty of the Press.

The Same, Continued....

Noble Defense of Irish Character

Curran on Irish Emancipation..

On the Union of Church and State.

Speech to Mr. Finley.

Curray against O'Brien

Curran in defense of Orr

The Same, Continued..

The Public Informer..

Appeal to the Jury

Speech of Mr. Phillips.

The Same, Continued

The Same, Continued

1. Napoleon Bonaparte.

Tha Same, Continued

Appeal to the Jury against Blake.

1. Appeal to the Jury in behalf of "'Mullen

The Same, Continued

Appeal to the Jury against Dillon

On the Liberty of the Press .

The Advantages of Education

Appeal to the Jury in behalf of Guthrie.

An Appeal to the Jury.

The Fallen Wife....

The Same, Continued...

Curran agaiøst Mr. Justice Johnston.

The Same, Continued....

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Catiline on hearing his Sentence of Bauishment

Croly. 162

From Cicero's Oration against Verres...


From Cicero's First Oration against Catiline.


Bolingbroke against Norfolk .

.Shakspeare. 165

Meeting of Death and Satan.

.Milton. 166

The Quarrel of Achilles and Atrides

. Pope. 167

The Same, Continued..

. Pope. 166

Gloster's Indignation

.Shakspeare. 169

Norfolk against Bolingbroke.

. . Shakspeare. 170

Margaret's Curse..

. . Shakspeare. 172


Song, from the Lady of the Lake.

.Scott. 173

The Death-Fire..

. Ann $. Stephens. 174

A Fever Dream..

.John M. Harney. 175

Bernardine Du Born.

.Sigourney. 176

The Kaiser

W. Howitt. 178

The American Patriot's Song

. Anonymous. 179

The Flight of Xerxes.

Miss Jewsbury. 179

The Village Blacksmith

.Longfellow. 180

The Last Days of Herculaneum

. Atherstone. 182

The Prisoner in Herculaneum.

. Atherstone. 183

The Baron's Last Banquet..

Albert G. Greene. 184

Bernardo and King Alphonso.

. Lockhart. 185

The Battle of Bannockburn.

.Campbell. 187

Henry V, at the Seige of Harfleur.

. Shakspeare. 188

Henry V, encouraging his Soldiers

. Shakspeare. 189

New England's Dead..

M'Lellan 190


.Byron. 191

The Gladiator


Science and Religion..

.Mrs. Sigourney. 194

The O’Kavanagh.

.J. Augustus Shen. 195

* Look Not Upon the Wine."

Willis 196

Alonzo the Brave....
The Owl
The Maid of the Inn
Arnold Winkelried
The Maniac
The Grave of the Greyhound
The Mummy
The American Flag.
Parting of Douglas and Marmion
The Old Oaken Bucket
Warren's Address..
Battle of Warsaw
Brougham and Canning.
War Song of the Greeks, 1822
What is Time ?
The Bended Bow
The Vision of Belshazzar.
The Sailor-Boy's Dream.
The Spider and the Bee.
Death-Song of Outalissi.
David's Lament for Absalom.
The Burial of Sir John Moore..
Absalom's Dream...
The Downfall of Cardinal Wolsey.
The Murdered Traveler
The Leper.....
The Child's First Grief.
The Gipsy Wanderer.
The Song of Constance
The Destruction of Sennacherib

The Battle of Busaco ..

Pulaski's Banner....


The Vulture of the Alps

The Close of Autumn..

The Love of Country and of Ilome

The Hurricane...

The African Chief..

Goody Blake and Harry Gill.

What's Hallowed Ground?

Pleasures of Hope...


The Isles of Greece
The Raising of Samuel

The Serpent of the Still.

• Virginius and his Daughter.

Horatius at the Bridge

A Roman Battle

The Death of Leonidas.

Song of MacMurrough..

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