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MOST ADMIRED SPEECHES
ARRANGED UNDER THREE DISTINCT HEADS OF POPULAR,
WITH HISTORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS:
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY AND PRACTICE
BY THOMAS BROWNE, LL. D.
AUTHOR OF "VIRIDARIUM POETICUM," THE "UNION DICTIONARY," &c. &c.
TO descant at large on the utility of a Work of this nature, would, it is presumed, be deemed superfluous; yet, it is somewhat remarkable, that, among the numerous tasteful and judicious selections, from our most approved and celebrated writers, for the instruction and edification of youth, a work similar to the present, has not been arranged from the numerous specimens of oratory occasionally exhibited by those Statesmen, Barristers, &c. who have, from time to time, so eminently dignified the Senate and the Forum.-It cannot be denied but that Britain, as well as Greece and Rome, has had her Demostheneses and her Ciceros. Upon this ground then, the Editor presumes that a collection of the most polished orations of Public Speakers, on different political and judicial subjects, will not prove unacceptable to the Public, as calculated, at once, to infuse the spirit of true Eloquence, and good Principles.-Having such models as a Chatham, a Burke, a Fox, a Pitt, a Sheridan, &c. in the Senate, and a Mansfield, an Erskine, a Curran, &c. at the Bar, he must be roused to an admiration of their genius, if not to an emulation of their example. The Editor therefore supposes that it will be suf ficient to inform the Reader, that his principal aim has been to make choice of those Speeches on the different sub
jects of legislation and jurisprudence which have chiefly occupied the attention of the Public, and have added great celebrity to those Members of the Senate and the Bar who delivered them. The matter of the three Volumes comprehends the space of about forty years, and is brought down nearly to the same period.—An Introduction to the study and practice of Eloquence, accompanied by some critical observations on Grammar, Rhetoric, and Logic, is prefixed.
London, August, 1808.