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In the four preceding volumes of this series of Readers, the Progressive Principle
, or that of advancing by easy, systematic steps, is studiously carried out. But now, when the pupil has acquired the ability to read difficult written language in a fluent and, it may be, graceful manner, it is no longer demanded. In the present volume, therefore, no attempt has been made to graduate the lessons, except in some measure as to length and style; the object, in respect to the latter particular, being to produce as great an elocutionary variety as possible.
The Lessons have been drawn chiefly from eminent authors; they embrace a large amount of matter, and extend through a wide range of subjects: are chaste in language, pure in sentiment, and such as will be likely to engage the youthful mind, imparting to it interesting facts or ideas of nature, science, morals, or literature.
The introductory treatise on the Principles of Elocution will be found to be both comprehensive and practical. No space has been occupied in useless discussion. The definitions and rules are brief, and, it is hoped, to the point. Full exercises are given to illustrate and impress every principle, while they are so arranged that they will afford easy and effective means of individual or class instruction. Some portion of these principles should be set apart for study in connection with each reading lesson; in some cases, however, it may be thought better to take up the principles one day and the reading the next; but the pupil should not be allowed to neglect them, so long as he continues at school. To become an accomplished reader requires persevering study and much practice.
Pointed letters have been occasionally introduced into the reading lessons, to indicate the correct pronunciation of certain words. The rowels marked in unaccented syllables, should be uttered very lightly, but the true sound must be preserved. If the accented syllable is struck with spirit, there will be little danger of falling into error in this respect. In digraphs or improper diphthongs, the pointed vowel is the one to be sounded. The pronunciation of many words is spelled out in the Explanatory Index.
The Explanatory Index is very full: it comprises some two thousand or more definitions, including explanations of classical allusions and
peculiar phrases, together with brief notices of authors, places, and eminent or remarkable individuals. A colleetion of Affixes and Prefixes is likewise given,. with exercises illustrative of their significance and application.
The Orthography and Pronunciation are in agreement with the Unabridged Dictionary of Dr. Webster.
This volume, it is believed, contains a hundred pages more of valuable matter than any similar one yet published.
A vast amount of time and labor has been expended in the preparation of this Reader; and, considering the great success of its predecessors of the series, the Author cheers himself with the belief that it will be well received. Circumstances, unforeseen and entirely beyond his control, have delayed its appearance long beyond the time at which it was promised; this he deeply regrets. No one has been more disappointed than himself, and he trusts the facts in the case will be an acceptable apology to his friends and patrons.
J. E. L. NEW HAVEN, January, 1859.
Note.-It gives the Author pleasure to acknowledge his indebtedness to Prof. C. A. Goodrich, of New Haven, and the Rev. F. T. Russell, of New Britain, Conn.
KEY TO THE POINTED LETTERS.
A. à long,
å as in care, å short, ä Italian, A short do., .. brond,
a short do.. E. è long,
ě short, 6 like a
è as in err, 1. i long,
9 like short oo,
o like short u,
u like yu,
ỹ like short i,
e hard, like k,
X soft, like gz,
and fres and
NAMES OF AUTHORS.
PAGE ABBOTT, J. S. C. 343 COBB, Colonel
72 ADDISON, JOSEPH
181 COLERIDGE, SAMUEL T. 70, 433 Alison, ARCHIBALD 151, 176 COLTON, Rev. CALVIN
249 Anonymous 74, 91, 94, 106, 112, Colton, Rev. WALTER
155 134, 145, 160, 163, 169, 183, Colton, C. C.
214 190, 247, 278, 350, 419, 445 Companion, Juv.
372 Anthology 339 Cooper, J. FENNIMORE
430 CROLY, Rev. George 131, 229, 316 BABCOCK, J. F.
207, 259 DICKENS, CHARLES 227, 366, 397 BARBAULD, Mrs. Anna L. . 101 DRAKE, Dr. J. R.
198 BARBER, Miss E. G. 212 DRYDEN, JOUN
511 BARRETT, Mrs. E. B.
128 BEECHER, Rev. HENRY W. 173, 480 | ELLIOTT, EBENEZER
88 BELL, Joun
314 EVERETT, ALEXANDER H. 73 BOKER, GEORGE H. 416 Examiner .
254 BOWRING, JOHN
219 Bransby, J. H.'.
382 FLAGG, Rev. 0. EDWARD 84 BROUGHAM, Lord 301 FORD, JOHN
149 Brown, Miss M. A.
238 BULWER, Sir Edward L. 162 Giles, Rev. HENRY 79, 97, 241 BURRITT, ELIHU
413 GOLDSMITH, OLIVER 77, 142, 152 BURTON, Miss C. W. 428 GOODRICH, Prof. C. A.
514 Byrox, Lord .
HALL, Rev. ROBERT 335, 386 Calhoun, John C.
179 HARSHA, David A. , 223, 310 CAMPBELL, THOMAS 158, 192, 221 HEADLEY, J. T.
123, 462 CATLIN
347 HEMANS, Mrs. F. D. 93, 174, 195, 363 CHAMBERS, 193, 203, 293, 439 HILLHOUSE, JAMES A.
96 CHALMERS, Rev. Tuomas . 263 Hill, Sir John
67 CHATHAM, Lord. 297 HOFFMAN, CHARLES F.
90 CHANNING, Rev. W. E. 468 HOOKER, Dr. WORTHINGTON 234, 305
Hoyt, Rev. R.
360 Scott, Sir WALTER 139, 154, 392,
395, 465, 490
SHELLEY, P. B.
LANDOR, W. S..
325 SIGOURNEY, Mrs. Lydia H. 109,
LONGFELLOW, Henry W. 102, 337, SMITH, HORACE
Mackay, Rev. CHARLES 98, 122, SOUTHEY, Mrs. C. A.
140, 328, 380 SPARKS, Rev. JARED
321 STOWELL, Rev. Hugh 81, 220
MAUNDER, SAMUEL 271, 284
275 | TAYLOR, Miss JANE 239, 273, 303
PRAED, W. M.
25 Piece analysed for Emotion and
18 Emphasis of Force Application 42