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DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT:

District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the first day of November, A. D. 1830, in the fiftyfifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Melvin Lord and • John C. Holbrook, of the said district, have deposited in this Office the title of a

Book, the right whereof they claim as Proprietors, in the words following, to wit:

"The Academical Speaker: a Selection of Extracts, in Prose and Verse, from ancient and modern Authors; adapted for Exercises in Elocution. By B. D. Emerson.

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, 'An act for

t of learniig, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned;' and also to anact, entitled 'An act supplementary to an act, entitled 'an act for the encouragement of learning by, securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and peoprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned; and extending the behefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical aid Otherprints.!"

JNO W. DAVIS,
Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.

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STEREOTYPED BY LYMAN THURSTON AND CO.

BOSTON

1900

PREFACE.

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In forming the following compilation, the object has been, to furnish a copious collection of pieces of suitable character for exercises in declamation, and, at the same time, of convenient brevity for that purpose.-In doing which, it has been necessary to enter a wide field of research, but to gather with a sparing, hand; for, short specimens of eloquence, which would •not subject the speaker to the appearance of abruptness, are by no means - abundant.

We well know how great is the influence of school exercises in the formation of young 'minds; and, perhaps, in no department of education does that influence operate with more force, than through the medium of exercises for recitation. The youthful speaker (if he feel at all) must feel like, and, for the time at least, become the character he attempts to personate.--In this view of their importance, each extract has been the subject of inquiries like the following:—Has the piece force and spirit? Is its moral tendency unquestionable? Does it convey a complete sense, intelligible to an audience without the

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