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WEBSTER'S RECITER;

OR,

ELOCUTION MADE EASY.

PLAINLY SHOWING

THE PROPER ATTITUDES OF THE FIGURE,

THE VARIOUS EXPRESSIONS OF THE FACE,

AND

THE DIFFERENT INFLEXIONS AND MODULA-

TIONS OF THE VOICE.

CLEARLY EXPLAINED BY NUMEROUS ENGRAVINGS.

ALSO CONTAINING

CHOICE SELECTIONS OF THE MOST THRILLING, PASSIONATE,
HEROIC, AND PATRIOTIC SPEECHES AND POEMS, WITH
APPROPRIATE INSTRUCTIONS TO ENABLE THE
LEARNER TO FIT HIMSELF FOR EITHER
THE STAGE, THE BAR, THE FORUM,

OR THE PULPIT.

BY THE AUTHOR OF " WEBSTER'S PRACTICAL LETTER WRITER.”

HiL. Williams

NEW YORK:
ROBERT M. DE WITT, PUBLISHER,

No. 33 ROSE STREET,
Between Duane and Frankfort Streets.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870, by

R. M. DE WITT,
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C.

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PREFACE.

This volume is not intended for any particular class or section of individuals. The aim has been to render it of use to all. The unlearned, equally with the learned, we are satisfied, may glean useful information from the great variety of topics most carefully gathered to enhance the utility of this book. Innumerable as are the number of publications devoted to the Art of Eloquence, they nearly all fail of fully answering their intention by one of two faults. Either they are so overlapped with abstruse and recondite learning, as to be scarcely intelligible to the most profound pundit, or they are so simple and childish as to be beneath the notice of the least educated reader. In all our rules, illustrations and examples, we have endeavored to make our reasons so obvious that even “he that runs may read”—while we have at the same time sought to arouse the pupil's reasoning and reflective powers, so that he would feel that he was acting from intelligible motives.

The author desires that the pupil should fully understand, and make every effort to convey to his listeners, every idea, emotion and shade of thought expressed by the many EXAMPLES which we have compiled for his instruction. These selections vary from the deepest tragedy to the lightest comedy,

“From grave to gay, from lively to severe."

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