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BY EBENEZER PORTER, D.D.
Flagg & Gould.... printers.
RARVARD COLLEGE LIPRARY
JANUARY 25, 1024
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, to wit:
District Clerk's Office. Be it remembered, that on the fifteenth day of March, A. D. 1827, in the fifty first year of the Independence of the United States of America, Mark Newman, of the said district, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof be claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit :- Analysis of the principles of Rhetorical Delivery, as applied in Reading and Speaking. By Ebenezer Porter, D. D. Bartlet Professor of Sacred Rhetoric in the Theological Seminary, Andover." In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned :" and also to an Act entitled, “ An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned ; and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints."
JOHN W. DAVIS. Clerk of the District
DELIVERY is but a part of rhetoric; and rhetoric, in the common acceptation of the term, is but a part of the business in which I am called to give instruction. The great purpose of my office is, to teach young men, who are preparing for the sacred ministry, how to preach the gospel. In pursuance of this purpose, it became my duty to give a course of lectures on eloquence generally, and more particularly on style; and another course on preaching, including the history of the pulpit, the structure and chief characteristics of sermons, and the personal qualities requisite in the Christian preacher. Besides the study demanded in traversing a field so important, and so unfrequented, at least in this country; the necessity of combining individual with classical instruction in this department, makes its labors more than sufficient to engross the time of one man.
In these circumstances, it may seem strange that I should turn aside from higher duties, to publish a book, more adapted to the earlier stages of education than to that which is directly preparatory to the ministry. The truth is, that I have been gradually and almost unavoidably drawn into this measure.
As an instructor of theological students, my attention was, many years ago, called to some prevalent defects in delivery. These I ascribed chiefly to early habits, contracted in the schools ; and to the want of adequate precepts in books on reading and speaking. The worst