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ELOCUTIONARY & RHETORICAL

CLASS BOOK.

CONTAINING

An Essay upon Oratory,

PRELIMINARY REMARKS ON ELOCUTION,

AND

CAREFULLY SELECTED SPECIMENS

FROM THE

MOST APPROVED WRITERS IN PROSE AND VERSE.

SECOND EDITION.

REVISED BY

JOHN DAVENPORT,

AUTHOR OF "THE HISTORICAL CLASS BOOK OF MODERN HISTORY, FROM THE REFORMATION IN 1517, TO THE WAR OF THE AMERICAN STATES 1862;" "THE LIFE OF ALI PACHA ;" “LE CORRESPONDANT CALLIGRAPHE, OU RECUEIL DES LETTRES COMMERCIALES A

L'USAGE DES PERSONNES QUI SE DESTINENT AU COMMERCE," ETC.

LONDON:
PUBLISHED BY RELFE, BROTHERS,
150, ALDERSGATE STREET.

1862.
30a, a 230

3 JAN PREFACE.

CONSIDERING the great number of works upon Oratory and Elocution which are already before the public, some reasons may, perhaps, be expected to be given for the appearance of the present one.

Excellent as many of such productions undoubtedly are, nevertheless, not a few of them are unnecessarily prolix in treating upon the theoretical part of the subject, being rather elaborate treatises

upon

Elocution than Elocutionary Class Books; while others, by erring in the opposite extreme, are unsatisfactory, inasmuch as they furnish the learner with nothing beyond mere hints for his guidance and instruction.

It is, therefore, hoped that a work not liable to the above objections, and of which the moderate price is an additional recommendation, may be favourably received by the public; the more so, because the publishers having enlarged the fourth edition of the Editor's “ Historical Class Book," by select specimens of English poetry from the time of Queen Elizabeth to that of Queen Victoria, the present volume may, with propriety, be regarded as a companion and supplement thereto.

JOHN DAVENPORT.

LONDON, August, 1862.

Also by MR. DAVENPORT, the Editor of this Volume,

Fourth Edition, 500 pages 12mo, 3s.6d., strongly bound in Cloth,

or 5s. printed on extra stout paper and bound in Leather.

THE HISTORICAL CLASS BOOK;

OR, READINGS IN MODERN HISTORY, FROM THE REFORMATION IN 1517, TO THE WAR OF

THE AMERICAN STATES 1862, With Chronological Tables of Contemporary Sovereigns, and Notices of the most remarkable Inventions and Discoveries.

OPINIONS OF THE PRESS. To the intelligent teacher of history, the work before us will prove a most valuable hand-book. It commences with the History of Europe at the beginning of the 16th century, and is arranged in periods of a century each. At the close of the history of each period, well selected specimens are given of the writings of the Poets of the age; also, an account of the Manners and Customs, a chronological list of Inventions, Discoveries, etc., and a valuable table of the contemporary Sovereigns of Europe. The history of the 19th century is particularly interesting; the narrative of the Crimean, Italian, and Chinese campaigns being exceedingly well written. The volume is a valuable addition to our standard works of educational literature.”The School and the Teacher.

“ Once introduced into Schools, this book will become a daily indispensable."—Atlas.

“It consists of 110 Readings, which embrace the most important events that have occurred during the last 300 years. Each century of events is preceded by a general view of the civilized world at that period, and a section on the manners and customs of the people. The work, which is well adapted for a class reading-book, contains the principal events of the last twelve years, and which are not to be found in any other book that has come under our notice. Among these we may mention the French Revolution of 1848—the Crimean War-the Revolt in India—the War in Italy—and Chinese War.English Journal of Education.

RELFE, BROTHERS, 150, ALDERSGATE STREET.

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