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ABRIDGMENT

LECTURES ON RHETORIC.

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BY HUGH BLAIR, D. D.

REVISED AND CORRECTED

PORTLAND:

RUBLISHED BY WM. & H. HYDE, AND FOR SALE AT
THEIR BOOK-STORES IN PORTLAND AND BATH.

A. & J. SHIRLEY....PRINTERS.

1818.

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THE want of a system of Rhetoric upon a concise plan, and at an easy price, will, it is presumed, render this little volume acceptable to the public. To collect knowledge, which is scattered over a wide extent, into a small compass; if it has not the merit of originality, has at least the advantage of being useful. Many, who are terrified at the idea of travelling over a pondrous volume in search of information, will yet set out on a short journey in pursuit of science with alacrity and profit. Those, for whom the fol lowing essays are principally intended, will derive peculiar benefit from the brevity, with which they are conveyed. To youth, who are engaged in the rudiments of learning; whose time and attention must be occupied by a variety of subjects; every branch of science should be rendered as concise as possible Hence the attention is not fatigued, nor the memory overloaded

That a knowledge of Rhetoric forms a very material part of the education of a polite scholar must be universally allowed. Any attempt, therefore, however imperfect, to make so useful an art more generally known, has claim to that praise which is the reward of good intention. With this the editor will be sufficiently satisfied; since being serviceable to others is the most agreeable method of becoming contented with ourselves.

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