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purfued, by faithful endeavours to cultivate the understandings of youth, and by a steady attention to difcipline, it is hoped, that you will have the fatisfaction to obferve the fame effects produced, and that the fcene will be realized, which OUR POETESS has fo beautifully defcribed:
When this, this little group their country calls
With fincere Refpect and Gratitude,
Your much obliged,
And most obedient Servant,
ESSAY on Elocution
Merrick 38 24 The Needlefs Alarm
12 The Camelion
13 The Youth and the Philo- 25 The Modern Rake's Pro-
Ib. 84 20 Flegy to a Young Nobleman
Reflections on a fut e
Man vindicated Pope 93 26 The Pleafures arifing from
Ib. 97 27 Slavery
BOOK,IV. ARGUMENTATIVE PIECES.
BOOK VII.-DESCRIPTIVE PIECES.
Ib. 227 6 The Wish
Ib. 273 35 Ode to Apollo
Ib. 252 28 The Pleafures of Retire.
unfortunate Lady Pope 319
Juba and Syphax Addifon 325 25 Antony's Funeral Oration
9 Southampton and Effex 26 The Quarrel of Brutus
Id affert ratio, docent literæ, confirmat confuctudo legendi et loquendi.
Muc declamation has been employed to convince the world of a very plain truth, that to be able to fpeak well is an ornamental and ufeful accomplishment. Without the laboured panegyrics of ancient or modern orators, the importance of a good elocution is fufficiently obvious. Every one will acknowledge it to be of fome confequence, that what a man has hourly occafion to do, fhould be done well. Every private company, and almost every public affembly, affords opportunities of remarking the difference between a juft and graceful, and a faulty and unnatural elocution; and there are few perfons who do not daily experience the advantages of the former, and the inconveniences of the latter. The great difficulty is, not to prove that it is a defirable thing to be able to read and fpeak with propriety, but to point out a practicable and easy method, by which this accomplishment may be acquired.
FOLLOW NATURE, is certainly the fundamental law of Oratory, without regard to which, all other rules will only produce affected declamation, not just elocution. And fome accurate obfervers, judging, perhaps, from a few unlucky fpecimens of modern eloquence, have coneluded that this is the only law which ought to be pre