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Another important feature of the collection is the introduction of those masterpieces of oratory - long excluded from books of this class, though now rendered appropriate by the new phase of public opinion,which advocate the inalienable rights of man, and denounce the crime of human bondage.

Aware of the deep and lasting power which pieces used for declamation exert in moulding the ideas and opinions of the young, it has been my aim to admit only such productions as inculcate the noblest and purest sentiments, teaching patriotism, loyalty, and justice, and firing the youthful heart with ambition to be useful, and with heroic devotion to duty.

The text of the extracts has been made to conform to that of the most authentic editions of the works of their authors. Some pieces which have heretofore been presented in a mutilated form, are here restored to their original completeness. Where compression or abridgment has been necessary, it has been executed with caution, and with strict regard to the sentiments and ideas of the authors.

Fully convinced that elaborate treatises on elocution more appropriately form separate publications, nothing of the kind has been included in this volume. A summary of practical suggestions to teachers and students was thought to form a more useful introduction.

For the sake of artistic beauty in the page, as well as for the convenience of the student, the notes and explanatory remarks necessary for the proper understanding of the pieces, have been thrown together at the end of the volume, and so arranged that reference to them can be easily made.

This work, the preparation of which has been a recreation rather than a labor an agreeable diversion from the daily routine of a laborious office, - is the embodiment of the experience and observation of twenty-five years, with reference to this description of literature. It originated in a desire to contribute something to the furtherance of the right education of the young men of my country, and the extent to which it promotes this object, will in my estimation, be the measure of its success.

Boston, July 4, 1864.

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PROSE.

PAGE

1. The Noble Purposes of Eloquence..

Lord Brougham.. 3

2. Rolla to the Peruvians..

R. B. Sheridan..

3. Invective against Warren Hastings.

R. B. Sheridan...

4. The Bible the best Classic...

T. S. Grimké.

5. What we owe to the Sword.

T. S. Grimké.

6. Duty of Literary Men to their Country..

T. S. Grimké.

9

7. America's Obligations to England...

Isaac Barré.

11

8. Webster's Plea for Dartmouth College..

C. A. Goodrich. 12

9. The Founders of Boston.......

Pres. Quincy

14

10. The American Sailor...

R. F. Stockton.. 16

11. The Foundation of National Greatness.

W. E. Channing...

17

12. Intemperance.

W. E. Channing.

18

13. Inconsistent Expectations...

Mrs. Barbauld. 19

14. The Patriot's Sword vindicated.

T. F. Meagher...

15. On being found Guilty of Treason.

T. F. Meagher.

23

16. Address to the American Troops at L. I.. Washington.

24

17. Character of Chatham....

H. Grattan.

25

18. The Press and the Union..

R. Choate.

27

19. American Literature and the Union.

R. Choate,

28

20. The Love of Reading...

R. Choate..

29

21. Eloquence of the American Revolution.

R. Choate..

30

22. Tribute to Webster...

R. Chvate.

23. Skilful Labor and Cultivated Intellect..

R. Choate.

33

24. The Empire of Mind..

R, Choate,

35

25. The City of our Liberty...

R. Choate..

36

26. Specimen of the Eloquence of James Otis. Mrs. L. M. Child..
27. Webster in the Dartmouth College Case.... G. S. Hillard.

38

28. The Ambition of Webster...

G. S. Hillard.

39

29. The Danger of Exclusive Devotion to Business.. G. S. Hillard.

40

30. Speech in the Convention of Delegates of Virginia P. Henry...

41

31. The Same Concluded..

P. Henry...

43

32. Reply to the Duke of Grafton..

Lord Thurlow

33. The Prospects of California.

Nathaniel Bennett.... 44

34. In Prospect of War.

Robert Hall..

46

35. The American Indians.

J. Story...

47

86, Classical Learning.

J. Story.

48

37

37. An Appeal in Behalf of Patriotism and Loyalty. J. Story...

38. Our Duties to the Republic..

J. Story.

39. Spartacus to the Gladiators

E. Kellogg:

40. No Extension of Slave Territory

R. C. Winthrop..

41. National Monument to Washington..

R. C. Winthrop.

42. The Perfect Orator...

Anonymous.

13. Necessity of a Pure National Morality.

L. Beecher.

44. On the Irish Disturbance Bill...

D. O' Connell.

45. Cæsa's Pause upon the Rubicon...

J. S. Knowles.

46. Gustavus Vasa to the Dalecarlians.

Anonymous

47. Nobility of Labor ..

0. Dewey...

46. Salathiel to Titus.

G. Croly

49. An Appeal to the Loyalty of South Carolina. A. Jackson.

50. The Same Concluded...

A. Jackson

51. Burr and Blennerhassett..

W. Wirt.

52. Cause for Indian Resentment.

W. Wirt..

53. Speech on the British Treaty.

F. Ames.

54. Speech against a Libeller

Griffin

55. New England and the Union.

S. 8. Prentiss.

56. On sending Relief to Ireland.

S. S. Prentiss

57. The New England Common School.

S. S. Prentiss

58. Christianity the Source of Reform.

E. II. Chapin.

59. Northern Laborers .

C. Naylor.

60. Brougham's Attack on Canning described. Anonymous

61. South Carolina during the Revolution .

R. Y. Hayne.

62. Incompetency of Parliament..

W. C. Plunkett.

63. Washington

C. Phillips..

64. Education..

C. Phillips..

65. Character of Napoleon Bonaparte.

C. Phillips

66. A Collision of Vices.

G. Canning.

67. “ Measures not Men”

G. Canning..

68. Parliamentary Reform...

Lord Brougham.

69. Denunciation of Slavery.

Lord Brougham.

70. The Teachers of Mankind..

Lord Brougham.

71. The Greatness of Washington.

Lord Brougham.

72. Washington a Man of Genius..

E. P. Whipple..

73. Irish Aliens and English Victories.

R. L. Sheil..

74. The Iliad and the Bible....

Dr. Wayland.,

75. On admitting California into the Union.

W. H. Seward....

76. A Highway to the Pacific...

T. H. Benton..

77. Address to Polish Exiles in London.

L. Kossuth..

78. Kossuth on his Credentials..

L. Kossuth.

79. The Ides of March....

L. Kossuth.

80. The Same Continued..

L. Kossuth.

81. The Same Continued.

L. Kossuth.

82. The Same Concluded..

L. Kossuth,

83. The Mayflower and the Pilgrims..

E. Ereretl..

84. The Discovery of America...

E. Everett.

85. Adams and Jefferson....

E. Everett.

86. The Indian Chief to the White Settler

E. Everett.

87. The Men of“. Seventy-Six”.

E. Everett.

88 The Same Concluded..

E. Ererett.

89. Our Common Schools ...

E. Everett.

90. Webster's greatest Parliamentary Effort.

E. Ererett.

91. What Good will the Monument do?..

E. Ererett..

92. Emancipation of the Crtholics of Ireland

J. P. Curran.

93. The Public Informer....

J. P. Curran.

94. Red Jacket's Speech to the Missionary.

Cram...

95. Partition of Poland..

C. J. Fox

96. National Disgrace.

C. J. Fox.

97. A Political Pause.

C. J. Fox.

98. Washington's Sword and Franklin's Staff. J. Q. Adams

39. The Right of Petition by Woman...

J. Q. Adams.

PAGR

100. Value of Popularity....

Lord Mansfiell 134

101. Scorn to be Slaves

J. Warren ..

135

102. Loss of the Arctic..

H. W. Beecher.

136

103. The Glory and Grandeur of Peace..

C. Sumner

138

104. Ancient and Modern Productions..

C. Sumner

139

105. The Abolition of the Slave Trad

W. Pitt

141

106. “Let there be Light".

II. Mann

143

107. True Eloquence..

D. Webster.

144

108. South Carolina and Massachusetts.

D. Webster.

145

109. African Slave Trade..

D. Webster.

147

110. Supposed Speech of John Adams.

D. Webster.

149

111. The Same Concluded..

D. Webster.

151

112. Influence of the Character of Washington.. D. Webster..

152

113. Public Opinion ...

D. Webster.

154

111. The Murderer's Secret..

D. Webster.

155

115. The Same Concluded.

D. Webster.

136

116. Defence of American Clergymen.

D. Webster.

157

117. Peaceable Secession impossible.

D. Webster.

158

118. Liberty and Union....

D. Webster.

160

119. Events Great, because of their Results ..

D. Webster.

161

120. The Future of America.

D. Webster.

103

121. Liberty of Speech....

D. Webster..

164

122. Washington to the Present Generation

D. Webster.

165

123. The Platform of the Constitution...

D. Webster.

166

124. The Veterans of the Battle of Bunker Hill D. Webster.

168

125. Reply to the Reflections of Mr. Walpole. Lord Chatham. 170

126. Speech against the American War.

Lord Chatharn.. 171

127. Speech against Employing Indians in War. Lord Chatham.. 172

128. Honorable Ambition ..

11. Clay.

174

129. The Noblest Public Virtue

R. Clay.

175

130. Plea for the Union

1. Clay.

176

131. National Glory..

H. Clay.

178

132. Brutus on the Death of Cæsar.

Shakspeare.

179

133. Hamlet's Address to the Players..

Shakspeare.

180

134. Falstaff's Description of his Soldiers

Shakspeare.

181

135. Soliloquy on Character

Shakspeare..

182

136. Death of Hamilton...

Dr. Nott..

183

137. Invective against Mr. Flood.

II. Grattan..

184

138. Reply to Mr. Corry'.

H. Gratlan

187

139. Speech of Titus Quinctius to the Romans. Anonymous..

188

140. The Boston Massacre..

John Hancock.. 190

141. Enterprise of New England

E. Burke

191

142. The Right of England to Tax America

E. Burke

192

143. Description of Junius .

E. Burke

193

144. True Statesmanship..

E. Burke

194

145. The Queen of France and the Spirit of Chivalry E. Burke

195

146. Peroration of Opening Speech against Hastings E. Burke

196

147. Peroration of Closing Speech against Hastings E. Burke

198

148. The Crisis of the Nation...

Cicero.

199

149. Extract from Demosthenes..

Demosthenes

200

150. Extract from Demosthenes on the Crown. Demosthenes

202

151. Queen Elizabeth.

J. Hackintosh

203

152. The Free Press

J. Mackintosh

205

153. The Liberty of the Press

Lord Erskine. 206

154. British Tyranny in India

Lord Erskine.

207

155. Declaration of Right .

H. Grattan..

209

156. Politics and Religion

J. J. Mason. ..... 210

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POETRY.

157. The Star Spangled Banner....

158. Aspirations of Youth..

159. The Love of Country and of Home..

160. The Bells .

161. The Raven..

162. Spirit of Patriotism...

163. Lochinvar...

164. Marmion taking leave of Douglas...

165. Highland War-Song...

166. David's Lament for Absalom..

167. “ Look not upon the Wine"

168. The Leper. ....

169. Parrhasius and the Captive.

170. Casabianca..

171. The Bended Bow

172. The Better Land.

173. Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers.

174. Bernardo Del Carpio....

175. Bernardo and King Alphonso.

176. The Bridge of Sighs..

177. Song of the Shirt..

178. Look Aloft......

179. Press On.......

180. Kindness.

181. How's my Boy?..

182. Excelsior...

183. A Psalm of Life..

184. The Launching of the Ship

185. The Negro's Complaint.

186. Loss of the Royal George

187, Slavery.

188. The Seminole's Reply

189. The Three Beats.

190. The Battle of Ivry.

191. The Soldier from Bingen

192. “Give me three Grains of Corn, Mother"

193. Tell's Apostrophe to Liberty..

194. William Tell among the Mountains..

195. The Baron's Last Banquet..

196. The Water Drinker...

197. Chamouni...

198. How they brought the Good News.

199. The Sword.....

200. The Fireman

201. Speak Gently.

202. The Passions.

203. New England..

204. Song for Saint Cecilia's Day.

205. The Sailor's Song..

206. Napoleon......

207. Warren's Address at Bunker Hill..

208. Thanatopsis. ...

203. The African Chief..

210. The Battle-Field.

211. Hallowed Ground..

212. The Exile of Erin.

213. Lord Ullin's Daughter.

214. Fall of Warsaw..

215. Hohenlinden....

287

B. W. Proctor. 289

J. Pierpont..

290

J. Pierpont.

291

W. C. Bryant

292

W. C. Bryant

291

W. C. Bryant.

296

T. Campbell.

298

T. Campbell.

300

T. Campbell.

301

T. Campbell.

303

T. Campbell.. 305

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