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Southern District of New-York, ss.
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the 22d day of August, A. D. 1829, in the L. S. 54th year of the Independence of the United States of America, Samuel Kirkham, of the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a Book, the
right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit:
English Grammar in familiar lectures, accompanied by a Compendium, embracing a new systematick order of Parsing, a new system of Punctuation, exercises in false Syntax, and a System of Philosophical Grammar in notes: to which are added an Appendix, and a Key to the Exercises: designed for the use of Schools and Private Learners. By Samuel Kirkham. Eleventh Edition, enlarged and improved." In conformity to the act of congress of the United States, entitled an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned." And also to an act entitled "an act supplementary to an act entitled an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing 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 historical and other prints." FRED. J. BETTS,
Clerk of the Southern District of New-York.
AN ESSAY ON ELOCUTION,
DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE LEARNERS,
This work is published by ROBINSON, PRATT, & Co. No. 259, PEAPLSTREET, NEW-YORK-and will soor be sold by most of the Booksellers in the Union.
This Work is mainly designed as a Reading-Book for Schools. In the first part of it, the principles of reading are developed and explained in a scientifick and practical manner, and so familiarly illustrated in their application to practical examples as to enable even the juvenile mind very readily to comprehend their nature and character, their design and use, and thus to acquire that high degree of excellence, both in reading and speaking, which all desire, but to which few attain.
The last part of the work, contains Selections from the greatest masterpieces of rhetorical and poetical composition, both ancient and modern. Many of these selections are taken from the most elegant and classical American authors-writers whose noble productions have already shed an unfading lustre, and stamped immortality, upon the literature of our country.-In the select part of the work, rhetorical marks are also employed to point out the application of the principles laid down in the first part. The very favourable reception of the work by the publick, and its astonishingly rapid introduction into schools, since its first publication in 1833, excites in the author, the most sanguine hopes in regard to its future success.
After a careful perusal of this work, we are decidedly of opinion, that it is the only successful attempt of the kind. The rules are copious, and the author's explanations and illustrations are happily adapted to the comprehension of learners. No school should be without this book, and it ought to find a place in the library of every gentleman who values the attainment of a just and forcible elocution.-Pittsburg Mer. April, 1834. Mr. Kirkham has given rules for inflections and emphasis, and has followed them by illustrative examples, and these by remarks upon the inflection which he has adopted, and the reasons for his preference of one inflection to another-a most admirable plan for such a work. Copious examples occur in which all the various inflections and the shades of emphasis are distinguished with great accuracy and clearness. The cate chetical appendages of each chapter, give the work new valne in a school, and the selections made for the exercise of scholars, evince good taste and judgment. U. S. Gazette, Philadelphia, Sept. 17, 1834.
The Essay now before us, needs not depend on any former work of its author for a borrowed reputation: it has intrinsick merits of its own. It lays down principles clearly and concisely. It presents the reader with many new and judicious selections, both in prose and poetry; and altogether evinces great industry, combined with taste and ingenuity.-Courier of Upper Canada, York, Oct. 12, 1833.
Of the talent and judgment of Mr. Kirkham, we have already had occasion to speak in terms of honest praise. His work on Elocution raises him still higher in our estimation. The book would be of great utility in schools-such a one as has long been wanted; and we are glad to see it forthcoming.-Baltimore Visiter, July, 1833.
Every facility for teaching Elocution, which I have so often needed, but never before found, is exactly furnished in this work :-principles are clearly and concisely laid down, and are very happily adapted to the comprehension of the learner. Thoroughly convinced of its utility, I shall lose no time in introducing it into my school. NATHANIEL WEBB.
Hartford, Conn. Aug. 20, 1834.