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To the Author, from John VANDENHOFF, Esq., Professor of Elocution
in the Royal Academy of Music, London. In reference to your System of Elocution, published in New York, I am proud to recognise it as the best practical work I know on the subject.
I have made satisfactory experiments of it in my own practice; and shall make it a Text-Book, both with my private pupils, and my Classes at the Royal Academy of Music; for which purpose send me two hundred copies.
I shall recommend it also to the Elocutionary Professors of our several Colleges.
(Signed) J. VANDENHOFF. 34 North Bank, 30th Sept. 1845.
From C. S. Henry, D. D., Professor of Philosophy and History in
the University of New-York. I have the highest opinion of Mr. Vandenhoff's System of Elocution. I know of no book so well fitted for the use of learner or teacher. It possesses in an eminent degree the combination of good qualities most of all to be desired in a work of instruction--correctness of theory, simplicity and clearness of exposition, and ease of practice.
(Signed) C. S. Henry, D. D. Professor of Philosophy and History in the
University of New-York.
From A. RICHARDSON, Esq., Principal of the Freehold Young Ladies'
Seminary. I have introduced Vandenhoff's Elocution into our Seminary, and am highly pleased with the trial which we have thus far made of its merits, viz: the great interest which a large class of young ladies manifest in the subject of Elocution since we have introduced this work. This branch of education, hitherto one of the most uninteresting to my pupils, is now regarded as entirely the reverse.
(Signed) A. RICHARDSON.
From the Annual Report of the BOARD OF DIRECTION of the New
YORK MERCANTILE LIBRARY AssociatION—(1844.) Elocution.–Attempts have been made, in former years, to form classes in this department of education, which have proved unsuccessful. The Board, during the past year, have been enabled to interest a sufficient number of the members in the subject, to form a class which is now in operation.
The class in Reading and Oratory is under the instruction of Mr. George Vandenhoff, whose eminent qualifications are too well known to need a word of recommendation from us.
The book has also been used in Classes of Ladies in several private families, as will be seen by the following testimonials :
From JACOB LEROY, Esq., (Lafayette Place.) Mr. Vandenhoff's Treatise on Elocution has been used by a Class of Ladies at my house, and has been found in every way adapted to produce its intended effect. (Signed) JACOB LEROY.
From George GIBBS, Esq., (768 Broadway.) I take pleasure in expressing the highly favorable opinion of many friends who have seen Mr. Vandenhoff's work on Elocution, under his thoroughly analytical method of teaching.
GEORGE GIBBS. 18th March, 1845.
Notices of the Press.
“It is admirably calculated for the purpose which it is designed.”Boston Evening Gazette.
“This is a capital work, thoroughly practical, and in every sense a good book. The exercises are very judiciously selected, and exhibit great tact and judgment. It will be found of great service to the student, in the acquisition of an art which is daily gaining ground as an essential part of the education of a gentleman. We think it will even add to the already distinguished reputation of the author.”—News-Leiter.
“ This is an excellent work, and written by one who is fully compc. tent to the task he has undertaken. To those who are studying Elocution, it is invaluable. To all who would acquire a good knowledge of language, and correct manner of reading and speaking, we would warmly recommend this work.”—Crystal Fount.
“ The directions in Mr. Vandenhoff's book are so simple, so easy of comprehension, and may be so readily practised, that there should be no mercy shown hereafter to any slovenly or negligent reader who has the means to possess himself of a copy of this excellent system.”Broadway Journal.
“This book went to a second edition within six months of the first appearance. The author is a Professor of Elocution in the city of NewYork, and any one will be convinced by reading a few pages of his work, that experience has shown him the defects which usually impair Elocution. Élocution properly embraces the subjects of articulation,
punctuation, pauses, and modulation of voice in pitch and emphasis, all of which are treated in this book, intelligibly, and we should judge from a slight examination, to good purpose. Half the volume is devoted to the developement of the system and exercises, and the other part to selections of prose and poetry for reading, recitation, and declamation."--Utica Daily Gazette.
“ The author of this work is well known as one of the most accomplished elocutionists in America. The volume before us is pronounced by the best of judges to be simple and clear in its teachings, and admirably adapted for the use of Schools. The reading is of the first order, and the book appears to have been got up with great care.”—Onondaga Standard.
“Very many books have been written for the purpose of teaching the principles of good reading and speaking; some of much merit. We have examined a work by G. Vandenhoff, teacher of Elocution in the city of New York, entitled 'A Plain System of Elocution,' with which we are much pleased. It explains the principles of the art in a clear and forcible manner, and illustrates them by ingenious characters, well calculated to assist the learner. Its selections of examples in prose and verse are excellent, and the arrangement very good."Rochester Daily American.
" A second edition of Mr. Vandenhoff's admirable work on this important branch of education. The present edition is greatly improved and enlarged, and takes in the various branches of the subject;—logical and musical reading and declamation; oratorical, poetical and dramatic reading and recitation. As now published, the work forms a complete speaker,' and is well adapted for private or school use.
The rapid sale of the first edition shows that Mr. Vandenhoff's labors in this department are not unappreciated.”—Commercial Advertiser.
" This second edition of Mr. Vandenhoff's Elocution proves that it is appreciated by those for whom it is chiefly intended. Teachers and parents are indebted to the author for this aid to their labors. The remarks on articulation and pronunciation are very judicious, and the selections of exercises, both in prose and poetry, 'show good taste. Indeed, the book may be studied with profit by many who imagine themselves out of the ranks of learners, for its views on many subjects connected with this science are quite original.”—Evening Gazette.
"The second edition of a work which we noticed when it first appeared. Mr. Vandenhoff is one of the most accomplished practical elocutionists in the country. He is also a scholar, thoroughly acquainted with the rules of the science which he has made it his profession to teach."-Freeman's Journal.