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PREFACE.

In forming the following compilation, the object has been, to furnish a copious collection of pieces of suitable character for exercises in declamation, and, at the same time, of convenient brevity for that purpose.—In doing which, it has been necessary to enter a wide field of research, but to gather with a sparing hand; for, short specimens of eloquence, which would not subject the speaker to the appearance of abruptness, are by no means abundant.

We well know how great is the influence of school exercises in the formation of young minds; and, perhaps, in no department of education does that influence operate with more force, than through the medium of exercises for recitation. The youthful speaker (if he feel at all) must feel like, and, for the time at least, become the character he attempts to personate. In this view of their importance, each extract has been the subject of inquiries like the following:—Has the piece force and spirit? Is its moral tendency unquestionable? Does it convey a complete sense, intelligible to an audience without the aid of title or note? Is the style in pure and good taste? Is it, in fine, of such a character, that a youth may enter fully into it?-Such pieces, and such only as in the opinion of the editor, possess these requisite qualities, are admitted into this work; and these without regard to the circumstance of their being introduced into prior compilations. So that, while the reader will find most of this collection to consist of new extracts, he will not be surprised, (after this explanation) if he find some, whose. merit has recommended them to the notice of former Compilers.

B. D. E. October, 1830.

PUBLISHERS' NOTICE.

The rapid sale of the first edition of the Academical Speaker has induced the publishers to issue a stereotype edition of the work. In the meantime, it has been carefully revised and enlarged. Having thus received a permanent form, it will undergo no further change; in order that those teachers, who use it as a reading Class Book, may not hereafter be incommoded, by a diversified arrangement in succeeding editions.

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Extract from Mr. Jeffrey's Speech - - - -

Extract from Mr. Hayne's Speech in Congress 1830 - -

Extract from Mr. Webster's speech in Congress 1830 - - -

Conclusion of the same Speech - - - - -

Fox on American Affairs - E - 4 - 1 - 1 - W -

Bonaparte to the Army of Italy - - - - -

Character of Michael Angelo - - - - - Fuseli.

National Glory - - - - - - Clay.

Speech of Vindex against the tyrant, Nero - - Tacitus.

Salathiel to Titus - - - - - - Croly.

Character of William Penn - - - - Duponceau.

Speech of Ringan Gilhaize -- - - - - Galt.

Speech in the National Convention of France - Mirabeau.

The same continued - - - - - - - Ibid.

The same concluded - - - - - Ibid.

Pitt on American Affairs in 1777 ; - ? - ? - ; ; - ? -

Characteristics of Eloquence - - - - N. A. Review.

The same subject continued - - - - - Ibid.

The same subject concluded - - - - - Ibid.

Mr. Hobhouse's castigation of the member from Orford - -

Extract from a Speech of Theophilus Parsons - - -

Necessity of National Morality - - - - Beecher.

Speech of a Christian Martyr - - - - Croly.

General Washington to his Troops - - - -

Mr. Grattan's Reply to Mr. Corry - - - - -

Extract from “Letters to Fabius ” - - - - Dickinson.

Speech of the Duke of Argyle - - - * - -

The final Triumph of Liberty - - - N. A. Review.

Education of the Poor - - - - - Smith.

On Invasion - - - - - - - Ibid.

The same subject - - - - - - Ibid.

The same subject - - - - • -. Ibid.

Supposed Speech of John Adams in opposition to the Declaration

of Independence - - - - - Webster.

Supposed Speech of John Adams in favour of the Declaration of

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Independence - - - - - Ibid.

Moral Effects of Intemperance - - - - Beecher.

The Right of Free Discussion - - - - Webster.

Extract from the Address of the American Congress to the

Inhabitants of Great Britain, 1775 - - - -

Second Extract from the same - - - - -

Sublimity of Mountain Scenery - - - - Croly.

Political Cupidity reproved - - - - - Sheridan.

Republican Equality - - - - - Story.

Character of Blannerhassett - - - - - - Wirt.

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