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excepting even their extreme and incessant labor-is to be imputed the existence and diffusion of that wonderful oratory, which will be considered throughout all time, the highest glory of Greece and Rome.
The plates are designed not merely as embellishments. It is believed they may be studied with advantage. The Poetical Gestures are selected from Austin's Chironomia; the Frontispiece from Henry Siddons, on Gesture. The orthography will be found, generally, to agree with the improvements of that illustrious American Lexicographer, Doctor Webster.
The typographical execution of the work, it is presumed, will scarcely fall short of that of the best printed school-books of this country.
With these remarks the United States Speaker is respectfully and cheerfully submitted to the decision of an impartial public.
New Haven, March, 1833.
J. E. L.
The United States Speaker has now assumed a permanent form. The decided favor extended to the first and second editions, and the rapidly increasing demand for the work, have stimulated both the publisher and the compiler to use every means in their power to render the present, stereotype edition, as perfect as possible. It is presented to its patrons in the confident belief that they will find it greatly improved over the former impressions. Some of the longer dialogues, being considered by teachers, who use the work, as more suitable for exhibitions, than for purely elocution exercises, have been withdrawn, and the space so gained, is occupied with a variety of prose and poetical selections not to be found in any similar publication. The dialogues so withdrawn, will appear in a work composed exclusively of dialogues; it is already in a state of considerable forwardness, and will soon be put to press.
The compiler avails himself of this opportunity to acknowledge his indebtedness to those gentlemen from whom he has had the honor to receive such flattering testimonials in commendation of his work.
New Haven, November, 1835.
J. E. L.
SPECIMENS OF AMERICAN ELOQUENCE.
1. Character of True Eloquence.
2. Causes of War.
3. Tribute to Washington.
4. Necessity of Resistance.
5. Character of Patriotic Triumph.
6. Influence of the Principles of American Government.
7. The Moral Effects of Intemperance.
8. The Best of Classics.
15. Intelligence Necessary to Perpetuate Independence.
16. The Loss of National Character.
17. The Tomahawk Submissive to the Spirit of Eloquence. 18. Effects of Protestantism.
19. The True Sources of National Greatness.
20. Grateful Tribute to the Heroes of the Revolution.
21. Necessity of a Pure National Morality.
22. No Excellence without Labor.
23. Relief of the Soldiers of the Revolution.
24. Influence of National Glory.
25. Frauds upon the Revenue.
26. Influence of Great Actions Dependent on their Results.
33. National Recollections the Foundation of National Character.
34. Happy Consequences of American Independence.
35. Obligations of Massachusetts to Stand by the Union.
36. The Obligations of America to La Fayette.
37. Battle the Only Alternative.
38. The Instability of Human Governments.
Henry. 15 Marcy. 16 Webster. 17
Dorsey. 21 Webster. 22 Flagg. 23 Mason. 24
Neal. 28 Haven. 29
Harper. 30 Lathrop. 31
Clay. 36 Hayne. 37 Webster. 38 Grimke. 39 Clay. 40 Webster. 42 Verplanck. 43 Webster. 44
Everett. 47 Marcy. 48 Webster. 49
64. The United States Navy, France, and Great Britain.
65. The Ghost of Banquo.
66. Vindication of South Carolina.
67. South Carolina During the Revolution.
68. South Carolina and Massachusetts.
69. Adams and Jefferson.
70. Address in Behalf of the Greeks.
71. Reply to Mr. Webster, in Senate, 1830.
72. Rejoinder to Mr. Hayne, in Senate, 1830.
Wirt. 57 Grimke. 58 Randolph. 59 Webster. 61
Hayne. 65 Hayne. 66 Wirt. 68 Ames. 69 Francis. 70 Wirt. 72 Dwight. 73. Hillhouse. 75 Webster. 76 Lee. 78
Hayne. 105 Webster. 106
SPECIMENS OF EUROI EAN ELOQUENCE.
1. Description of Junius.
2. Opinion Relative to the Right of England to Tax America. 3. Jack to Sir John.
24. Defense of J. A. Williams, for a Libel on the Clergy of Durham. Brougham. 131 25. Osmond's Dream.
Reflections on the Youth and Theatrical Manner of Mr. Pitt.
27. Reply to the Ill-Timed Reflections of Mr. Walpole.
28. Benevolence of the Supreme Being.
29. Address to the Army of Italy.
Lewis. 132 Walpole. 134 Pitt. 135
30. The Scriptures and the Savior.
31. Political Cupidity Reproved.
32. On the Competency of Parliament to Pass the Measure of Union.
37. Effect of the Exclusive System on the Condition of Ireland.
38. The Downfall of Bonaparte.
Limitation of the Amount of Pensions.
44. Fallacy of Mr. Tierney's Argument on a Motion for Peace with the
45. Indignant Rebuke on the Employment of Indians in Civilized Warfare.
47. Character of Napoleon Bonaparte.
48. To the Jury in the Case of J. A. Williams for a Libel on the Clergy
49. Paine's Age of Reason.
50. The Horrors of War.
51. Invective against Warren Hastings.
52. Hyder Ali.
53. Speech of Mac Briar to the Scotch Insurgents.
Byron. 146 Phillips. 148 Grant. 149
Curran. 152 Grattan. 153 Phillips 155
Brougham. 165 Erskine. 166 Hall. 168
SPECIMENS OF ANCIENT ELOQUENCE.
1. Selection from Chapter xxxix of the Book of Job.
2. Selection from Chapter xxviii of the Book of Job.
3. The Song of Moses; from Chapter xv of Exodus. Selection from the Book of Joel.
5. Selection from Chapter viii of the Book of Proverbs.
6. Selection from Chapter Ix of the Book of Isaiah.
7. Extract from Demosthenes on the Crown.
8. Nicolaus against putting the Athenian General Nicias, to Death.
9. Extract from Demosthenes on the Crown.
10. From Cicero's Oration against Veres.
11. T. Quinctius to The Romans.
Chrysostom, on the Deceitfulness of Worldly Grandeur.
13. From Cicero's First Oration against Catiline.
14. From Cicero's Fourth Oration against Catiline.
15. Germanicus to his Mutinous Soldiers.
16. Hannibal to the Carthaginian Army.
17. Scipio to the Roman Army.
18. Adherbal against the Violence of Jugurtha.
19. Eschines against Demosthenes.
Anonymous. 206 Cunningham. 206
Blackett. 207 Anonymous. 208 Jewsbury. 209 Anonymous. 210
11. The Victim.
12. The Call of Poland.
Croly. 214 Yankee. 214