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 tne 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 cheer-
fully submitted to the decision of an impartial public.
The United States Speaker has now assumed a permanent form. The
decided favor extended to the first and second editions, and the rapidly in-
creasing 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have been withdrawn, and the space so gained, is occupied with a variety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The dialogues so withdrawn, will appear in a work composed exclusively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 in-
debtedness to those gentlemen from whom he has had the honor to receive
such flattering testimonials in commendation of his work.
New Haven, November, 1835.