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WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, Middletown, (Conn.,) May 23, 1845. Messrs. Sorin and Ball:
Yours, with respect,
PHILADELPHIA, APRIL 4, 1845.
It affords me pleasure to testify to the excellence of the Manual of Elocution, by Professor Caldwell. The typography, style, and arrangement, are very creditable, and hope its publication may cause youth at an earlier age than usual to be exercised in voice and gesture. The importance, in this country, of a cultivated tone of action has never been duly estimated by the larger ma
"Elocution," as the author very justly remarks, "may be considered both as a science and an art ;" and in his work he has treated of it in this twofold light. And while he has, with great clearness and precision, discussed the principles of the science, he has also very successfully jority of teachers. laid open to our view the secrets of the art-the very arcana of the orator, by means of which he wields his wonderful power.
In his brief, but truly excellent, "InBesides these, numerous notices of troduction," the author has clearly shown the Manual of Elocution, equally favorthe importance, in this country especially, able, with the foregoing, have been reof giving more attention to this neglected ceived, from the most respectable sources. branch of study, which I would earnestly From some of these we will present brief recommend to any who may be skeptical extracts: on the subject.
We have examined this work with much satisfaction, and feel pleased to say that it bears marks of deep study, and of a thorough acquaintance with the subject. True eloquence has its seat in the
From John Neal, Counsellor at Law, Port- heart, but without some such aid as this land, Maine. book affords, it cannot be brought out, except in an uncouth and ill-adapted dress.-Mother's Assistant and Young La
To the Author.
Dear sir,-Allow me to thank you in be-dies' Friend. W. C. BROWN, Editor.
I am, dear, sir, yours, with respect,
The subject of Gesture is illustrated
My opinion of Professor Caldwell's by no less than one hundred different "Manual of Elocution," is in the posses- figures, exhibiting as many different attision of the author himself; and you are tudes and positions of the feet, lower heartily welcome to make any use of it you limbs, head, trunk, hands, &c., and pointmay think proper. I have only to add, that ing out many faults often committed by the more I see of the book in question, the public speakers. better I think of it. Clear, simple, well digested, and well arranged, it cannot be
The hasty perusal I have been able to give Professor Caldwell's, "Manual of Elocution," recently published by you, has afforded me great satisfaction. It appears to me better calculated to facilitate the study of this important branch-of education than any other work I have
misunderstood by the pupil, nor misrepresented by the Teacher.
Very respectfully yours,
Messrs. Sorin and Ball,
ALFRED L. KENNEDY, Principal Central Institute for Young Gentlemen.
Professor Caldwell has succeeded in presenting with perfect clearness, a subject, which, to many, is new.-Appleton's News Letter, for Feb. 1845.
The first subject [the Voice,] is illustrated in such a manner as to exhibit to the eye nearly all the different movements of the voice, as well as the different tones suited to all kinds of composition; suggesting many useful hints that might be highly serviceable to the public speaker, by teaching him the art of so managing his vocal organs as to preserve his own health, while at the same time his discourse would be rendered much more effective.
In the Appendix a short chapter is devoted to the Elocution adapted to the
pulpit, which contains some valuable vate learners. The chapter on pulpit suggestions to young ministers, and in- Elocution is highly valuable, and the deed, to many that have passed that pe- whole work might be studied to great adriod. REV. GEO. WEBBER, Zion's Herald, vantage by preachers of the Gospel. We Boston. know of no book of the kind as well adapted to private learners, as this one. Pittsburg Christian Advocate.
There are some new principles laid down, and old ones enforced, in this work, in a way that has called forth testimonials in its favor, from some eminent teachers.-Daily Sun, Philadelphia.
lic speakers, and general readers, and The work before us is valuable to pubthe remarks on pulpit Elocution, are admirable.-United States Gazette, Philadel
From such an examination as we have been able to make of this work, we are induced to think it a very valuable one, containing the true principles of Elocu- The present work comes recommended tion, suitably illustrated. It is pronounced by the clear and systematic mode in by persons best qualified to judge, prac- which the subject is treated. Its use tical teachers, to be exceedingly well may be equally advantageous to the pupil adapted to instruction in colleges, and of ordinary schools, and to the private academies, and of great service to pri- student.-North American, Philadelphia.
BY MERRITT CALDWELL, A. M.,
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