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FOR J. JOHNSON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD, LONDON;
THE favourable reception, with which the public has honoured THE SPEAKER, has induced the Editor to prefix to the prefent edition THE ESSAY ON ELOCUTION, corrected and enlarged; and an ESSAY ON
READING WORKS OF
TASTE, in which he has endeavoured to represent to young perfons the value of the ftudy of polite literature, and to furnish them with a concife view of the fundamental principles of criticifm.
This edition is also enriched with some extracts from Dr. DARWIN'S and the Rev. Mr. HURDIS's Poems, and fome original pieces written by W. CowPER, Efq. and is embellished with four copper-plates.
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ACADEMY IN WARRINGTON,
HIS work having been undertaken principally with the defign of affifting the Students at WARRINGTON in acquiring a juft and graceful Elocution, I feel a peculiar propriety in addreffing it to you, as a public acknowledgment of the fteady fupport which you have given to this inftitution, and the important fervices which you have rendered it.
In this Seminary, which was at first eftablifhed, and has been uniformly conducted, on the extenfive plan of providing a proper courfe of Inftruction 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 fociety with reputation to themfelves, and advantage to the Public. And, while the fame great object continues to be purfued,