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FOR THE USE OF
SCHOOLS, ACADEMIES, AND FAMILIES:
DESIGNED TO FURNISH EXERCISES, EITHER FOR
READING, RECITATION, OR EXHIBITION.
BY JOHN E. LOVELL,
FORMERLY INSTRUCTOR OF ELOCUTION IN THE MOUNT PLEASANT CLASSICAL
"The greatest enemy to natural and graceful reading, is the departure from what
"To this one standard, make your just appeal,
Here lies the olden secret, learn to FEEL."-Help to Eloquence.
PUBLISHED BY DURRIE & PECK.
According to Act of Congress, in the year 1839,
BY JOHN E. LOVELL,
In the Clerk's Office of the District of Connecticut.
HITCHCOCK & STAFFORD, PRINTERS.
'Tis not enough the voice be sound and clear,
THIS book of Dialogues was promised to the public two or three years ago. I had then prepared a considerable portion of its contents, and expected, shortly, to "put it to press." The long interval which has elapsed, has been checkered with important and unexpected duties, which, together with a desire to render the work as interesting and appropriate as possible, must be my apology to those gentlemen who have honored me with letters of inquiry, respecting it. My principal inducement for undertaking the labor and responsibility of this compilation, is the almost constant application to me, "for pieces for exhibitions," from teachers, not only of this, but, indeed, of other States; and, the fact that the publishers have,—now,—before the work "is through the press," numerous orders from different parts of the country, assures me that such a work is much needed, and, if well executed, it will be well received. My experience satisfies me, that there is no better medium of cultivating a beautiful and captivating style of elocution, or a more graceful, just, and impressive action, than the employment of dialogues. Nor is there any species of recitation, that young folks so much delight in. The ardor and enthusiasm it inspires in their youthful breasts, is absolutely astonishing. The work will be found to possess great variety and copiousness. I have aimed at the double purpose of supplying exercises for the regular lessons of the school-room, and interesting materials for occasional exhibitions. The latter object has demanded selections of considerable length. Many