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OR,
MISCELLANEOUS PIECES,

SELECTED FROM THE

BEST ENGLISH WRITERS,

AND DISPOSED UNDER PROPER HEADS

WITH A VIEW TO FACILITATE THE
IMPROV E MENT OF YOUTH

READING AND S P E A KING,

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED

Α Ν Ε S S Α Υ ο Ν.
E L O CU TI O N.
BY WILLIAM ENFIELD, LL. D.

LECTURER ON THE BELLES LETTRES IN TKO

ACADEMY AT WARRINGTON.

A NÈ W EDITION, CORRECTED.

home Oculos, paulum tellure moratos,
Suítulit ad proceres ; expectatoque refolvit
Ora sony; nec abeft facundis gratia dictis.

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LONDON!
PRINTED FOR J, JOHNSON, ST, PAUL'S CHURCHI-YAPD.

MDCCLXXX116

TO JOHN CARILL WORSLEY, Efq;

LATE PRESIDENT OF THE ACADEMY

IN WARRINGTON.

SIR,
T HIS work having been undertaken

1 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.

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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 Itations in society with reputation to

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themselves and advantage to the Public. And, while the same great object continues to be pursued, by faithful endeavours, to cultivate the understandings of youth, and by a steady attention to discipline, it is hoped, that you will have the satisfaction to obferve the same effects produced, and that the scene will be realized, which Our Poetess has so beautifully described :

When this, this little group their country calls
From academic shades and learned halls,
To fix her laws, her spirit to sustain,
And light up glory thro' her wide domain ;
Their various tastes in different arts display'd,
Like temper'd harmony of light and shade,
With friendly union in one inass shall blend,
And this adorn the state, and that defend.

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I am,
With sincere Respect and Gratitude,
Dear Sir,
Your much obliged,
end most obedient Servant,

WILLIAM ENFIELD,

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UCH declamation has been employed V to convince the world of a very plain

truth, that to be able to speak well is an ornamental and usefulaccomplishment. Without the laboured panegyrics of ancientor modern orators, the importance of a good elocuțion is suf. ficiently obvious. Every one will acknowledge it to be of some consequence, that what a man has hourly occasion to do, should be done well. Every private company, and almost every public assembly affords opportunities of remarking the difference between a just and graceful, and a

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