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Testimonials and References. stion, combined with cther causcs. produced bronch Five classes were formed in the Academical de- lis, from which I have been suffering inore than 18 partment of Yale College, and three in the Theolog. monthn. By your directions, I can speak and sing ical Department. The following is an extract from freely without irritating my throat. My voice has the testimonials of the latter:
its natural tono and compass; and I have the de Resolved, Tivat we consider his system exceeding. lightful prospect of soon resuming my accustomed ly well adapted to develop and train the voice, and labors
* Professor Bronson's Recitations are the best wO give expression to the passions, and we believe it calculaied to promote the health of public sp, akers. ever lıcard.”—Naliunal Intelligencer. Being persuaded that we have derived essential all. Pros Bronson's Lectures and Recitations, have vantage from his instructions, we hereby express given universal delight.- Louisville Journal. our thanks for the assiduity and skill with which he "The Recitations of Mr. Bronson, are almost per has directed us in our practice, and post cordially rect."- Baltimore Atheneum and Visitor. recomiend him to the patronage of all who would cultivate their voices with a view lo public speaking.
“ Mr. Bronson's success has been most complete
-U. S. Guzelte. EXTRACT --From Professors of Princeton College and Theological Seminary, N. J.-We have had good the wonderful capabilitics of the human voice, and
" Mr. B. exhibits with surprising ease and power opportunities for witnessing the success of Mr Bron. illustrates convincingly the practibility and impor son.
His inethod of using the organs of speech with tance of cultivating its powers. – Teachers, public most advantage, is preferable to any we have known speakers, and the youth or both sexes, should avail lle is distinguished froin other icachers of elocution themselves of this opportunity.''-Newark Adv. by the fact, that instead of trying to impart his own siyle oi declamation, he aims at cultivating the voice, " His superior as a speaker, we have yet to meet, and then leaves the pupıl to nulure.
either at the bar, in the pulpit, or on the floor of a Extract.-Fromihe Rev. Mr. Bingham, Marietta, legislative body."--Ohio State Journal, Columbus. 0. to Professor Stuart, Andover, Masg. -" Will you A lady, (Mrs. G. of Boston,) says—"Having been perinitine to introduce to your acquaintance, Prof much injured by tight lacing when very young and Bronson, a popular and successful Lecturer on Elo- also by keeping in a bent position at school for years, culion. He has been for some time past, lecturing I was bent forward in such a manner as to suppose to the Professors and students in this College. As I was aflicted with perinanent distortion ofthe spine. a Lecturer on Elocution I have never seen bis supe. Still I resolved to join the class, and prove the truth rior. Our Professors, who have been under the in. or falschood of professor B's. predictions, that I struction of Dr Barber, say the same. lle has made should become straight by faithfully atlendipto his subject one of very thorough study-and, what the principles. In a few days I was restored.” is best of all, he has siudied Nature. EXTRACT -Froin the Faculty of Marietta College,
EXTRACT - Letter from a distinguished lady in Ohio." Prof. Bronson has just closed a very suc.
Boston. "Prof. Bronson ; Sir-I wish to express to cessful course of instruction on Elocation in this in- you my grateful acknowledgements for thie great stitution. The principles which he teaches appear benefit ) nave received from your syriem. I have to be founded on a philosophical view of man. His for many years been afflicted with extreme weakness illustrations are copious and pertinent; and in his la- of the lungs, which fatigue, either in exercise, conbors to train the voice and develop and cultivate versation or reading, produced not only hoarseness,
I have found, upon trial, my exthe affections and passions he is indefatigable. His but loss of voice
I can now, with per. whole course of instruction is marked by a rigid pectations more than realized Teference to Nainre, and is truly simple and unar. feci eaae, converse, or read aloud, hour after hour fected. We take pleasure in recommending bim to without the least fatigue. an intelligent community. PROF BRONSON is a gentleman of much original following resolution was unanimously adoptod by a
At the close of his Lectures in the Apollo, the ity of thought, extensive reading and remarkable crowded house of ticket holders : powers. His Lectures, beyond the charm of novel.
Resolred, That the thanks of the members of this iy, are very interesting.--Albany Evening Journal, meeting be presented to Prof. BRONSON for his
We warmly recommend Prof. Bronson's reading successful efforts (in connection with Mr. F. H. and recitations to the altention of all those who are Nash, his Assistant,) to interest, amuse and instruct partial to effectual and powerful elocution. They them. They conclude, by expressing their high ad are an excellent substitute for dramatic exhibitions miration of Prof Bronson's sincerity, zeal and abi. -Deily Signal, N. Y We feel anxious that a knowledge of Mr. Bronson's lity in the cause of truth and humanity, and tende.
ring to him their best wishes, that success and pecular views should be extended, believing them prosperity may attend him in his noble and genehighly important. not only in juvenile education,
rous enterprise. AMOS BELDEN, Chairman. but to the proiessional speaker.-National Guzelte,
E. PARMLY, Secretary. Philadelphic:.
Prof. BRONSON'g new theory in relation to the sci- At a meeting of the Classes, the Rev. CHARLES ence of Elocution, is, in our judgment, founded in G. SOMMERS, Chairman, and Dr AMO8 JOHNSON, truth, the author being a practical illustration of the Secretary, the following Resolution was unani soundness of his doctrine.-Oneida Whig, (Ulica) mously adopted : N. Y.
Resolved, Tnat the Ladies and Gentlemen, who From the Philadelphia Daily World. have attended a series of Lessons and Lectures, by We render no more than justice in pronouncing Prof. BRONSON, on Elocution, Music and PhysioloProf Bronson's Recitations the best we ever heard. gy, feel great pleasure in expressing their high His recitation of "The Maniac,” by Lewis, was sense of his urbanity, uncompromising regard for terrific. We never before saw confirmed, hopeless TRUTH, as the basis of Religion and sound Philoso. raving insanity so thorougly counterfeited by any phy; as well as their enure belief that his method Actor. In the course of his recitations he explains or imparting knowledge is as natural and interest. his discoveries (for such they are,) in Elocution. ling, as it is novel; and that it is admirably calcula
From the Rev MR. Cook, of Hartford, Conn, ted to promote the health of the Body, and the im. who received only twelve lessons.
provement of the Mind, The Classes desire also to PROX. BRONSON-Dear Sir-My Physician, Dr.Jexpress their indebtedness to Mr Nasu, Prof. B.'s Sherwood, of N. Y., directed me to you for aid in accomplished Associate, whose critical knowledge recovering the use of my voice. A liabit of speaking of Vocal SCIENCE, so happily connected with were solely with the inuscles of my breast and throat, usual Melody and Power
of Voice, emigendly quand uiributable in part at least to Dr Barber's instruc-fies him for an Instructor in Music.
1. Every Art, and SCIENCE, has its Externals, up the Boély, with the materials, furnished ly the and its Intemals, its Generals and Particulars; external world. The Soul is the architect, and which must be understood Analytically, and Syn
the body is the tically, if we would practice either successful
workmanship. ly. The Internals of Elocution, are Thoughts
Here is a good and Feelings, and its Externals comprise all that
representation of is addressed to our five senses: its Generals are
this Mind and Body, with their various Languages,
mass, which is a or modes of manifestation. Comparatively, Lan
kind of brain, guage—is the Tune, Body-the Instrument, and
(or Series Mind—the Performer: hence, the necessity of
brain,) that prebecoming acquainted, theoretically and practi
sides over those cally, with their NATURES, RELATIons and Uses.
glands, or work. 2. As the subjects of MIND and LANGUAGE,
shops, that take are partially unfolded in the following work, in
charge of the this part, something must be said of the Body,
food, digest it, the harp of ten thousand strings : particularly in
and watch over regard to structure, position, and the organs to be
its changes, till used for the production and modification of
it is made into sounds, in Speech and Song: also of Gestures,
blood, and then or Actions ; illustrated by appropriate Engravings,
appropriated to wh ch may be imitated by the Pupil, for the pur
the body. The pose of bringing the Body into subjection to the
nervous centre, Mind; without, however, any reference to spe
called Semilunar eific Recitations,-lest he should become artifi
Ganglion and So cia , instead of natural.
lar Plexus, may 3. The more we contemplate Man, the more
be seen at a, a, a, we see and feel the truth, that he is a MICROCOSM
a; it is situated indeed; a minature-world,-an abstract of crea
under the dia. 2011,--an epitome of the universe,-a finite repre
phragm and partsentation of the INFINITE Deity! Well saith the
the hes then motto, " KNOW THYSELF!" and the poet
stomach: other " THE PROPER STUDY OF MANKIND—IS MAN."
subordinate cenu And it may truly be said, that there is nothing
tres may be seen in the Mineral, Vegetable and Animal Kingdoms,
at e, e, e, e; also that cannot be found, essentially, in the human
in other places, bouly; and nothing in the world of Mind, that is
thai need not be not shadowed forth in his spiritual nature: hence,
designated, the grandeur, the magnificence-of our subjects,
they are very and our objects.
numerous: these 4. The three grand essentials of the Body pro
centres are like per, are the Osseus, or bony system, which fixes
miner posts in a iis form, and gives it stability: the Muscular, or
state, or kingfleshy system, which is designed to act on the
dom. Al i, ia Osseus; and Nervous system, acting on the Mus
seen a pair of cular: while the Mind, acts on and through the chords, called trisplanchnic nerves: and at oo, Nervous ; receiving its life and power from Him, are soen other nerves, with their liule brains or who is emphatically “THE LIFE:" thus, we can centres, where they coule together, forming a line look through Nature, up to Nature's God. Ob | along the spine, from the bottom of the chesi. 10 serve, the Analytical course is from outermosts 10 the top of the neck. From this large collection innermosts, from effects to causes; and the Syn- of Organic Nerves, others proceed to every pan thetical progress from innermosts to outermosis; of the system, uniting in smaller centres, and or from causes to effects.
forming ganglions in the palms of the hands, 5. NERVES OF ORGANIC LIFE. Everything balls of the fingers. &c. Our Astronomical sysmust have a beginning: and nothing is made per- tem is called the Solar System, because the Sun fect at once. Now in the body, there is a cer- is its centre, watching over our planets; so, of lain portion, called Nerves of Organic Life ; be- these nervous cemres of the grand and smaller cause they are the first formed, and constitute departments of our miniature-universe. Owing Hae grand medium, through which the soul builds I to the inumate convertion of these nerves with
their numerous centres, and with the nerves of 1 of organic life, or solar plexus. The roots of these the whole body, they are sometimes called the nerves are in the cerebellum, the seat of motion, Great Sympathetic Nerves, and Nerves of Vege- a receptacle of life. Now, we see why intensity table Life. There are three orders of these of thought, carking cares, &c., impede respiration Nerves: one going to the blood-vessels and other and infringe on the laws of health, for want of the parts of the vascular system; one to the contrac- proper co-operation with the nerves of organio ule tissues or muscles of involuntary motion : life; inducing dyspepsia, and even consumption, and one to the nerves of organic sensation, con- hence, the painful mode of teaching children to reying the impressions made on the organs. read by a book: away with this false system, wa
less you would inhumanly sacrifice the rising gen eration on the altar of evil; let the ear, or right feeling predominate : please work out the whole; for you can do it: a hint is sufficient for those who think.
6. In this view of the Nerves of Respiration, foriginating in the Medulla Oblongata, which is an extension of the Cerebellum, (6,) or seat of Volunlary Motion, and of the Cerebrum, (a) or seat of Rationality,) may be seen the nerve (c.) that goes 10 the Diaphragm (1,) and is concerned in the office of breathing, which generally acts without the aid of the Will; but yet is controllable by the Will, to a certain extent; for we may breathe fast or slow, long or short. Next above this, is the Spinal Accessory Nerve, used in moving the breast, &c., in respiration; one of its fellow roots goes to the tongue (d,) and is concerned in mastication, swal lowing, speaking, &c. (Some nerves are thrown back, the better to be seen.) Next in order is the 7. Here is an excellent representation of the pneumosgastric, or lungs-and-stomach nerve (f, Nerves of Voluntary Motion, and of Sense, whicbn 8, h.) which sends a branch to the meat-pipe, la- with the nerves of Organic Life, and the Respirarynx and wind-pipe, (en) also to the cardiac, or tory Nerves, constitute the inmosts of the body; heart plexus, just above, and a little at the right also, a posterior, or back view, of the two brains, of (g); a recurrent branch goes to the larynx, &c; which is the seat of the Mind, the constituents of Other branches go to the face to exhibit the feelings. which, are Will and Understanding. The letter All interweave, and bring the vocal organs into s, indicates the cerebrum, or large brain, where mportant relations with the heart and lungs, with the Understanding, Rationality, or thought is lofeelings and thoughts; while the main body goes cated; and co, the cerebellum, or little brain o the stomach, and unites with the great centre I under, and adjoining the cerebrum, where the
Krizontal black line is: here is the seat of the 9. We now descend to the hard parts of the Will, Affections, Passions or Emotions; also the body, which have the least of life in them. This seat of the Motive power of the body; and from is a very correct representation of the Osseous these proceed the spinal marrow, (men) enveloped system, or the bony parts which may be aptly in three different membranes, lying in the hollow of the back bone, and branching off by thirty pairs of spinal nerves into a great many ramifications over every part of the body; pó, the brachial plexus, a reunion or assemblage of the different nerves distributed to the arms, or upper extremities; and ps, the plexus, or folds of nerves, that form the great sciatic nerves, descending to the legs, or lower extremities. From the spinal marrow, the nerves arise by two sets, or bundles of roots; the front (anterior,) one serving for motion, and the back (posterior,) are the nerves of feeling, or sensibility. Now, in all voluntary actions of the body, whether reading, speaking, singing, or working, there should be a perfect harmony and co-operation of the Organic Nerves, Respiratory Nerves, and Motary Nerves; hence, the voluntary effort must be made from the abdomen, where is the great centre of Organic Nerves, in connection with those of Respiration.
8. Here is a striking view of the Muscutar, or fleshy portions, that form the medium of cominunication between the Nerves and the Bones: there are several hundreds, acting on the bones like ropes on the masts of ships: let them be trained in perfect subjection to the Sou.,
called the basis, or foundation, of the splendid through th:
temple we live in; which is three stories high; Mind; so tha
viz. the cavity below ihe diaphragin, the one above whatever 18
it, and the skull. Examine, minutely, each par, felt & thought,
the situation and attachment of the different bones may be bodied
of the head, the five short ribs, and the seven long forth to the life.
ones, the breast-bone, &c. In a complete human Now let us put
frame, there are 250 bones: they afford us the these
means of locomotion. Do you see any ava!UKY three systems, the
between the body and language ? Nerves, Mus.
10. ZOOLOGY-(the doctrine or science of life, cles
is a necessary element of education. Whose cu. and Bones, togeth
riosity has not been excited by the innumerable er, and con
living beings, and things, with which we are sur. template the
rounded? Is it not desirable to scrutinize their whole as
interiors, and see how they are made, and under
stand their various uses? Look at a man, a fish, unit, bound up in the skin,
a spider, an oyster, a plant, a stone; observe their
differences, in many respects, and their similari and acting in
ties in others: they all have essence, form, use obedience to its rightful owner, the Mind; while The tendency of the study of the three kingroins that mind is subserviet to the Creator of mind. of nature, the Animal, Vegetable, and Minerala
is to emancipate the hunian mind from the dark- | constituting the nutritive function of which living ness and slavery of ignorance, into the light and bodies are the centre, are revealed to us by evi. berty of rational humanity. The things of the dences 100 plain to be misunderstood: may we have Animal kingdom live, and move from an interior power to appreciate them, being assured that all power; those of the Vegetable kingdom grow; truths are in perfect harmony with each other. and those of the Mineral kingdom do not live or
12. Here is a representation of the Human grow; they simply exisi.
Form clothed and engaged in some of the user 11. Three objects are designed by this engra- of Elocution. But it is necessary to enter More ving: first, to show the body, clothed in its own beautiful envelop, the skin, which is the contiwent of our most wonderful piece of Mechanism : second, to call attention to the fact, th at it is full oi pores, or little holes, through which passes out of our systems more than half of what we eat
and drink, in the form of what is called insensible verspiration, which is indicated by the cloudy miri, emanating from every part of the surface; and as our bodies wear out, by degrees, and are renewed every seven years, and the skin being into the particulars of our subject; whien s Jone the principal evacuating medium for the worn-out in the succeeding parts of this introduction: how. particles of the system; the great importance ever, let the reader bear in mind, that only the outof keeping it in a clean, and consequent healthy lines of subjects are given in the boos, designed condition, by daily washing in soft cold water,
for such as are deterinined to dig for truth and must be evident to every one of reflection, it be- eternal principles, as for hidden treasures; ing the safety-valve of the body : and thirdly, to whose motto is “ Press On.” indicate a higher truth, that of the passing off of
Animals and Plants endure for a time, and La subtle and invisible fluid from the mind, in ac- under specific forms, by making the external cordance with its state ; which is often perceived world a part of their own being; i. e. they have when certain persons are present; also when the power imparted to them of self-nourishment powerful speakers are pouring forth their highly and when this outward supply ceases they die, wrought affections, and brilliant thoughts ; so as having completed their term of duration : hence, to give the mind a kind of ubiquity, co-extensive death, to material existences, is a necessary co: with their tones and audible words, ruling im- sequence of life. Not so with minerals: they exmense audiences with absolute sway, and de- ist so long as extemal forces do not destroy them: monstrating the power of truth and eloquence. and if they increase, it is simply by the juxtapo
Animals and Plants increase by nutrition : sition of other bodies; and if they diminish, it is Minerals by accretion. In infancy, we weigh by the action of a force, or power, from without a few pounds: at adult age, we exceed one out. Has not every thing its circle? How inhundred pounds. Whence, but from foreign sub- teresting must be the history of all things, ani. Glances, are the materials of which our organs mate and inanimate! Oh that we had eyes to see, are composed ? In sickness, extreme emaciation and ears to hear, every thing that is manifested proves that our bodies may lose a portion of their around us, within us, and above us! bulk, and give back to the world what was once 13. If we would have the Mind act on the ILG own. Thus, con position and decoraposition, Body, and the Body react on the Mind, in an or