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IN WHICH THE

COMMON IMPROPRIETIES IN

READING AND SPEAKING

ARE DETECTED,

AND THE

TRUE SOURCES OF ELEGANT PRONUNCIATION

ARE POINTED OUT.

WITH A

COMPLETE ANALYSIS OF THE VOICE,

SHOWING ITS SPECIFIC MODIFICATIONS,

AND HOW THEY MAY BE APPLIED

TO DIFFERENT SPECIES OF SENTENCES

AND THE SEVERAL

FIGURES OF RHETORIC.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED

OUTLINES OF COMPOSITION,

OR PLAIN RULES

FOR WRITING ORATIONS AND SPEAKING THEM IN PUBLIC.

BY JOHN WALKER,
Author of The Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, Elements of Elocution, &c.

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PUBLISHED BY CUMMINGS AND HILLIARD, NO. I CORNHILL.

Univ. Press Hilliard & Metcalf.

1822.

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TO

Dr. SAMUEL JOHNSON,

SIR,

IF the conferring of benefits be what commonly constitutes a patron,—to students in elocution you are the greatest patron in the kingdom. You not only first awakened the public to an attention to their language, but, by an Herculean labour, afforded them a guide which has conducted them to a thousand improvements. This was sufficient to attract the admiration and acknowledgments of your country, if you had not shown, by your moral and critical writings, that, though you were the only person proper to undertake so laborious a task, you were almost the only one who ought to have been exempted from it. But though I am proud of an opportunity of confessing my obligations to your public labours, I am much more ambitious of telling the world, that I have · been long honoured with the friendship and advice of

ABS MAY 5, 1938

him whose name will be mentioned among the Lockes, the Newtons, and the Fenelons, as the friend of revelation, and whose life is an indisputable proof of the sincerity of his attachment to it.

I am, SIR,
With the greatest respect,

Your obliged
Humble Servant,

J. WALKER.

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