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This must be a valuable work to those who would learn to read or speak well, and especially to those afflicted with stammering or other impediments of speech. It is useless to dilate upon the importance of elocution to all who have occasion to read or speak to others. To lawyers, legislators, clergymen, and speakers in public meetings, it is particularly important; for though to intelligent and well informed minds, the graces of manner add nothing to the force of argument, they are exceedingly important in sccuring an attentive hearing. An indifferent sermon, if well preached, will produce great effect, while one of the highest order, badly delivered, will be lost upon a great portion of the audience. This is entirely because the first secures the attention of its hearers, and thereby enables every argument or illustra. tion to reach their understandings; while the second is not understood, because not heard.

We recommend Dr. Comstock's book to every person who would wish to speak or read well.

From the Herald and Sentinel, Philadelphia, Dec. 11, 1837.

COMSTOCK'S PRACTICAL ELOCUTION. Dr. Comstock has been long and favourably known in this city as it teacher of elocution. The art of public speaking is a common attainment; but the art of speaking effectively, powerfully, and well, by a proper discipline of voice, gesture and action, is no easy acquisition. The voice is a great instrument of influence. Some orators who have been “vox et preterea nihil,” by means of a good voice alone, have been able to exercise an astonishing sway over their auditors. The full developement of the vocal organs should be a primary exercise with all ambitious for the honours of successful orators, and we know of no better disciplinarian in these matters than Dr. Comstock. The work before us, entitled “Practical Elocution," is an expose of his principles of teaching, and will serve as an instructive inanual to those studying his method. It is better calculated, however, as a manual for his pupils, than for students in general. It shows great skill and industry, and is highly creditable to the knowledge and research of the author.

From Atkinson's Saturday Evening Post, Dec. 16, 1837. Dr. ANDREW COMSTOCK, of this city, has published a second edition of a work entitled “ Practical Elocution," of which he is the author. There are few subjects which receive less, while its importance demands a greater share of attention, than this of Elocution. Every organ of the human body is dependent on exercise for its true and proper developement. There are few persons who do not feel the embarrassment which arises from an imper.

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fect enunciation. The work before us conveys much valuable instruction on this subject. To render the doctrine it communicates more evident, the different movements of the voice are illustrated by original diagrams. Dr. Comstock has for some years been a successful teacher of Elocution, and in his experience has found the exercises in these diagrams happily adapted to render the muscles of speech subject to volition, to extend the compass of the voice and increase its power.

From the American Weekly Messenger, Dec. 20, 1837. Dr. Comstock is well known in this city as a practical teacher of Elocution. His experience with his classes has given him great advantages in the preparation of this volume, which appears to be complete, so far as diagrams, marks expressive of the pronunciation of words, and minute practical direc. tions, can render it so. To those persons who are so unfortunate as to have contracted a habit of stammering, and to foreigners who wish to acquire a correct pronunciation of our language, this volume will prove an invaluable acquisition. Students in oratory may consult the figures illustrative of ges. ture with advantage; and teachers of reading and declamation should not consider their libraries complete without this volume.

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From the Daily Focus, Philadelphia, April 17, 1838. COMSTOCK's PRACTICAL ELOCUTION: Published by Kay & Brother, 122, Ches.

nut Street.

We have received a very handsome edition of the above work, which we cheerfully recommend to young men, as a valuable assistant in the study of true oratory. The work is illustrated with a number of plates representing the proper position of the mouth in pronouncing, and also the most graceful and natural attitudes and gestures of the limbs and body, in order to give full force and expression to language.

Dr. Comstock has, in the book before us, proved himself abundantly qualified to teach the oral developement of thought, and we therefore wish he may continue his labours, and have large classes of pupils.


From the Public Ledger, Philadelphia, February 27, 1838.

VOCAL GYMNASTICS. We observe, by a notice among our list of business cards this morning, that the residence of Dr. Comstock, whose success in the cure of impediments in the speech, and improvement in elocution and address of his pupils, we believe is unsurpassed by any instructor in the country, is at 100 Arch Street. Dr. C. possesses a double advantage over most of his profession, in his tho. rough acquaintance with the physical, as well as mental, capacity of his fellow man. The fourth exhibition of his class of young ladies and gentle. men, will be given this evening, at the Commissioners' Hall, Southwark, where, in addition to their various recitations, a lecture will be delivered by the Rev. Jacob M. Douglass.

From the Saturday Courier, Philadelphia, Dec. 15, 1838. Mr. John Taylor, of Hinsdale, N. H., was the other morning in our study, and exhibited the wonderful improvement made by eleven weeks' residence with Dr. Comstock. He told us he had been all his life dreadfully troubled with an impediment of speech; but he read to us with the most perfect ease and freedom. We take pleasure in recording such cases for the benefit of others.

From the Daily Buffalo Journal, (N. Y.,) March 27, 1839. PRACTICAL ELOCUTION-A REMEDY FOR STAMMERING. DR. COMSTOCK, of Philadelphia, has acquired great fame, both as a teacher of elocution, and as a successful practitioner in removing all defects in speech.

The voice is produced by muscular contraction, and hence depends wholly on the power of the muscles, which propel the air through the vocal organs, and modulate the same, for the strength, compass, distinctness, or confusion of the various sounds emitted in speaking or singing.

Dr. Comstock has investigated this subject in all its bearings, and pointed out, in a clear and scientific manner, the cause of stammering, and other de. fects of speech, in his work on Practical Elocution, (which has been some years before the public:) and has opened a school in Philadelphia for teaching elocution, and removing defects in speech, upon philosophical principles.

A late number of the World, published in the city of brotherly love, contains a very commendatory notice of the eminent ability and success which attend the labours of this learned and indefatigable practitioner, in an important branch of science, to the investigation of which his whole life has been devoted. Knowing well the history of this gentleman, and having once enjoyed the honour of a personal acquaintance, we do not hesitate to recom. mend his school as possessing the highest claims to public confidence.

Extract from the Lyceum Report, published in the World, Philadel

phia, June 19, 1839. At 41 o'clock the meeting was called to order, and a lecture delivered on Elocution, by Dr. Comstock, and an interesting exhibition by his class, several of whom had been inveterate stammerers; one in particular, a married gentleman from the east, (who said he had to do his courting by signs,) spoke so well, after only six weeks' instruction, as to prove Dr. C.'s teaching completely effectual. Half-past 5 o'clock, the company, in fine health and spirits, adjourned.

G. W: WOOLLEY, Secretary, pro. tem.

From the United States Gazette, June 29, 1839. Sometime since, Dr. Comstock called on us with a person from Vermont, who had applied to him to be cured of stammering ; he certainly needed help. Yesterday, the Doctor and his patient called on us again; the latter talked and read as fuently as any person we ever saw. The person to whom we refer, mentioned that he should now go home, and talk with a near relation, to whom he had never spoken, as she was rather deaf, and he had stammered so abominably as to be wholly unable to make her comprehend him.

From the Village Record, West Chester, Penn., September 10, 1839.

STAMMERING AND ELOCUTION. From numerous testimonials of the success of Dr. COMSTOCK, of Philadel. phia, in improving the voice, particularly of Stammerers, we sometime since selected the following from a Philadelphia paper, for presentation to our readers. To those afflicted with an impediment of the speech, all discoveries, or efficient modes for amending the vocal organs, must be matter of peculiar interest. We have repeatedly visited the institution of Dr. C., and have seen numerous instances of improvement no less striking than the one referred to below. Dr. C. is unremitting in his attention to his pupils; exact in his ex position of the principles of elocution; and affords to his pupils a wide range for practice. As a teacher, he commands the respect of his pupils, while his gentlemanly deportment towards them is sure to win their permanent esteem. His office is at No. 100 Arch Street, Philadelphia.

“MR. CHARLES R. READ, from Vermont, called upon us, and read as fluently as any one. Eight weeks since we conversed with the same gentleman, and he could not articulate a sentence without stammering badly. He had been afflicted from his infancy. His mother stammered, and he has a sister who is also subject to the same infirmity. Mr. Read tells us he intends to send her to the care of Dr. Comstock, who has been so successful in his own case. We look upon it as doing stammerers a kindness, by constantly keeping them advised of such important facts."-Saturday Courier.

From the Philadelphia Gazette, October 5, 1839.


We attended an exhibition of Dr. COMSTOCK's class of stammerers last evening, at the Temperance Hall, N. L., and were much pleased with the exercises. We believe that Dr. C.'s system is well calculated to accomplish the very desirable relief so much needed by those afflicted with a hesitancy of speech. One individual, who had been under tuition but nine days, gave ample testimony of the efficiency of the system.

From the Pennsylvania Inquirer, Philadelphia, Nov, 22, 1839.

A STAMMERER CURED. We were called upon yesterday by a gentleman of Bradford county, Pa., thirty-seven years of age, who, until within a month, had been an inveterate stammerer from childhood. A few weeks since, however, he was induced to place himself under the care of Doctor Comstock, of this city, who speedily effected a perfect cure. The gentleman called upon us to illustrate the excellence of the system, in his own case ; and, also, with the object of making some public acknowledgment of the great and important benefit that had been conferred. He spoke with ease and fluency, and recited one or two passages of poetry, with taste and discrimination. Those of our citizens, however, who desire the most satisfactory evidence of the effects of this system, are invited to visit the Musical Fund Hall, on Monday evening next, when Dr. Comstock and his class of stammerers will give a variety of exercises and recitations.

From the Public Ledger, November 25, 1839. Dr. Comstock's exhibition of Vocal Gymnastics takes place at the Musical Fund Hall, this evening, November 25, at half-past seven o'clock.-It gives us pleasure to recommend the Doctor's system of instruction, which, after cool examination, we believe to be excellent and unrivalled. The performances of his pupils, who were formerly stammerers, are truly astonishing:Let every one judge for himself. We were pleased to see his former exhibi. tion, at Temperance Hall, attended by a crowd of ladies and gentlemen.

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