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THE

CONTAINING A VARIETY OF

ORIGINAL AND SELECTED PIECES

TOGETHER WITH

RULES;

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TO IMPROVE YOUTH AND OTHERS IN THE
ORNAMENTAL AND USEFUL

ART OF ELOQUENCE.

BY CALEB BINGHAM, A. M.
Author of the American Preceptor, Young Lady's Accidence, &c.

«CATO cultivated ELOQUENCE, 39 a necessary mean for defending
the Rights of the People, and for enforcing good Counsels."

ROLLIN.

SEVENTH TROY EDITION.

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PRINTED AND SOLD BY WILLIAM S. PARKER,

AT THE TROY BOOK STORE.

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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
BY EXCHANGE

FEB 28 1942

District of Massachusetts, to wit:

BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twentieth day of L. S. November, A. D. 1810, and in the thirty-fifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, CALEB BINGHAM of the said District, has depofited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as Author, in the words following, to wit: "The Columbian Orator: containing a variety of original and selected pieces; together with rules; calculated to improve youth and others in the ornamental and useful art of eloquence. By CALEB BINGHAM, A. M. author of the American Preceptor, Young Lady's Accidence, &c. • Cato cultivated eloquence, as a neceffary mean for defending the rights of the people, and for enforcing good counfels Rollin."

In conformity to the Act of the Congrefs of the United States, entitled, "An Act for the encouragement of learning, by fecuring the copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of fuch Copies, during the times therein mentioned ;" and alfo to an Act entitled, "An Act fupplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the encouragement of learning, by fecuring the copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned; and extending the benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving, and Etching Hiftorical and other prints."

WILLIAM S. SHAW,
Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.

PREFACE...

NOTWITHSTANDING the multiplicity of School-Books, now in nfe, it has been often fuggested, that a Selection, calculated particularly for Dialogue and Declamation, would be of extensive utility in our seminaries.

The art of Oratory needs no encomium. To cultivate its rudiments, and diffuse its spirit among the Youth of America, is the defign of this Book.

Of the many pieces which this volume contains, three only are to be found in any publication of the kind. A large proportion is entirely original. To those, who have affifted him in this part, the author returns his warmest acknowledgments.

The COLUMBIAN ORATOR is defigned for a Second Part to the AMERICAN PRECEPTOR; for this reason, no pieces are inferted from that book.

As no advantage could arife from a methodical arrangement, the Author has preferred variety to system. In his choice of materials, it has been his object to felect fuch as fhould infpire the pupil with the ardor of eloquence, and the love of virtue. He bas fpared no pains to render the Work, in every refpect, worthy of the generous patronage, which a liberal public have beftowed on his former publications.

BOSTON, May 17, 1797.

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