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Published as the Met direla, l I.Jolinson in S. Pails (hund Innl. av 1801,

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Oculos, paulum tellure moratos,
Suftulit ad proceres; expectatoque resolvit
Ora sono ; nec abeft facundis gratia dictis. --- OVID.

Warrington,

Printed by W. EYRES, Horse-Market,
FOR J. JOHNSON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD, LONDON ;

By tehom only the genuine and complete Edition is published.

MDCCCI.

ADVERTISEMENT.

READING WORKS OF

THE favourable reception, with which the public has honoured the SPEAKER, has induced the Editor to prefix to the present edition THE ESSAY ON ELOCUTION, correeted and enlarged ; and an ESSAY ON Taste, in which he has endeavoured" to represent to young persons the value of the study of polite literature, and to furnish them with a concise view of the fundamental principles of criticism.

This edition is also enriched with some extracts from Dr. Darwin's and the Revi Mr. Hurdis's Poems, and some original pieces written by W. CowPER, Esq. and is embellished with four copper-plates.

These additions, as well as other pieces which have appeared in former editions, cannot be inserted in any editions of this work, but such as are printed by the original publisher,

J. JOHNSON, IN ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD,

without subjecting the vender to a profecution ; every other edition must therefore necesarily be incomplete.

This book being generally put into the hands of young persons, particular care has been taken, to get the genuine editions ascurately printed.

TO

JOHN CARILL WORSLEY, Efq.

LATE PRESIDENT OF TIIB

ACADEMY IN WARRINGTON,

SIR,

This work having been undertaken principally with the design of assisting the Students at WARRINGTON in acquiring a just and graceful Elocution, I feel a peculiar propriety in addressing it to you, as a public acknowledgment of the steady support which you have given to this institution, and the important services which you have rendered it.

In this Seminary, which was at first established, and has been uniformly conducted, on the extensive plan of providing a proper course of Instruction for young men in the most useful branches of Science and Literature, you have seen many respectable characters formed, who are now filling up their ftations in society with reputation to themselves, and advantage to the Public. And, while the same great object continues to be

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