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XXVI. CONVERSATION between the Teacher and his Pupils, - 149

XXVII. CONVERSATION between Mr. Gordon, his Family, Dr.

Burke and Dr. Abbott, - - - - - - 161

XXVII*. Behavior in Company. Conversation. Manners, - 173

XXVIII. Proverbs. Paragraphs. Fables. Modesty. Opposition, 183

XXIX. Virtue its own Reward. Gratitude. Charity. The

Good Great Man. Lad and his Neighbor. Mercy, 189

XXX. Clearness. Power of Calm Delivery. Sermon Twice

Preached. What Letters should be. Pleasant Re-

tort. Cheerful Music. John Adams and his Father.

The Mother's Law, - - - - - - 194

XXXI. The Unruly Cattle. Abou Ben Adhem. The Great

Distinction of a Nation. Brevity in an Orator de-

sirable. Witty Retort John Philpot Curran. Al-

fred and the Beggar. Convictions of Napoleon, 200

XXXII. The First Hospital. Copernicus. Cobbett’s Return to

England. Mr. Bushnell's Song. Washington's Apol-

ogy, - - - - - - - - - 207

XXXIII. The World. National Banner. Turning the Grind-

stone. Live for Something. The Grave. Daniel

Webster's Celebrity, - - - - - - 214

XXXIV. Webster and David Crockett. Burke and the Trial of

Hastings. Maria Antoinette. Two Neighbors and

the Hens. Increase of Printers. Origin of Whig.

Poetry and Oratory, . . . . . . 221

XXXV. Power of a Good Man's Life. Sincerity. Dr. Franklin's

Colloquial Powers. Washington. Swift and the .

Lady's Dinner. A Sensible Host. Milton's Intellec-

tual Qualities, - - - - - - - 229

XXVI. Character of Hamilton. Autumn. Spring. Henry's

Eloquence and Humor. Effect of Henry's Speech.

Effect of Washington's Policy, . . . . 237

XXXVII. American Vessels. The Sabbath. Lord Brougham's

Oratory. This Life. Stuart, the Painter. Foreign

Entanglement. The Little Boy that Died. A


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XXXVIII. The True To-day Death's Final Conquest. Essay on

Man. Incentives to Trust. Death of John Quincy
Adams. Peaceable Secession Impossible. Cato's So-

liloquy, - - - - - - - - - 354

XXXIX. Death of Adams and Jefferson. The Common Lot. Henry

Clay on the Compromise. National Character from

National Recollections, - - - - - - 262

XL. Industry Indispensable to Eloquence. Lord Ullin's Daugh-

ter. Amusing Anecdote, Ik kan niet verstaan. The

Ship of State. To a Waterfowl, - - - - 271

XLI. The American Flag. Death of Jeremiah Mason. Against

Repudiation. Our Country's Honor Our Own. The

True Source of Reform, - - - - - - 279

XLII. Enterprise of American Colonists. From Lord Chatham's

Speech. The Village Preacher. The Deserted Village, 286

XLIII. Speech of Caius Marius. Marco Bozzaris. Burial of Sir

John Moore, - - - - - - - - 294

XLIV. In the Trial of Williams for publishing Paine's Age of Rea-

son. The Stranger and his Friend. Extracts from

Hayne's Speech. Extracts from Webster's Reply to

Hayne. Love of Country, - - - - - 301.

XLV. Rights of the Plebeians. Salathiel to Titus. Hamlet's

Instruction to the Players. Marmion Taking Leave of

Douglas. Death of Marmion, - - - - - 311

XLVI. Estracts from Webster's Speech on Laying the Corner

Stone of the New Wing of the Capitol, July 4, 1851.

Cardinal Wolsey. Marullus to the Roman Populace.

Sailor-Boy's Dream, - - - - - - 318

XLVII. Opposition to Misgovernment. Summer Morning in the

Country. Sun-Setting. The American Forest-Girl.

Toby Tosspot. Andrew Jones, - - - - 327

XLVIII. Webster's Speech at a Meeting in Faneuil Hall, 1852.

Extract from President Pierce's Inaugural, 1853, - 336

XLIX. From Cicero's Oration against Verres. Reply to the Duke

of Grafton. The Old Man's Funeral. Robert of Lin-

coln. Adam and Eve's Affection-Satan's Flattery, 355

to the Seasons. Elegy Written in a Country Church-

yard, - - - - - - - - - - 369





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• Children, and all persons while engaged in earnest conversation, or telling an interesting story, generally speak in such tones, and with such a degree of animation and force, as are best suited to give a clear expression of their thoughts and feelings. Just so we should read ; and if we desire to excel, we must refer constantly to the manner in which sensible and well educated persons talk, as the only safe and correct model.

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