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appeared before in books of this character. A very small number of old favorites have been admitted, which from their sterling merits seemed to demand this recognition.

While care has been taken to bring new pieces together, they have been selected not for this quality alone, but also for their real merits,—the finest efforts of oratory and the varied enunciation of true poetry are here collated, with the hope that their study and recitation will instruct and refine the student's heart.

Another aim has been to present short pieces: the time allotted to the individual speaker in seminaries where there are many students, is but small; and, besides, the complaint of those who have many studies to carry on connectedly, is, that the pieces ordinarily selected are too long to be easily learned during the pressure of other lessons.

On account of the brevity of the extracts, and the small but clear type in which the book is printed, a greater number of pieces, and a more numerous collection of authors, have been presented than ip any similar book. Care has been taken to do justice to the great minds of all parts of our country, and as far as possible, by avoiding all sectional and sectarian bias, to fit the book for the great popular wants of education throughout the Union.

With the earnest hope that he has succeeded in his honest attempt, the compiler places his book in the hands of the instructors and students of the United States.

H. C. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, June 1860.

The present edition of the ACADEMIC Speaker has been thoroughly revised, and a few new and beautiful pieces have been substituted for those which the compiler has found, by his use of the book, least adapted to the wants and tastes of his pupils. IIis thanks are due to the teachers who have introduced the Speaker into their institutions, and who have given their hearty commendations of it. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA,

February 1, 1865.

CONTENTS.

DECLAMATIONS IN PROSE.

ACADEMIC AND POPULAR.

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The Demon of Speculation,

Dr. BOARDMAN,

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The Influence of the Classics,

JOSEPH STORY,

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Modern Authorship,

JOSEPH STORY,

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The Demeanor of Books,

John Milton,

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National Vigor,

Joun Miltox,

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England and America,

Georgi: P. MARSI,

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Degrees of Imagination,

LEIGH HIUNT,

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The Cataract of Niagara, .

CHATEAUBRIAND,

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Italy,

Horace BINNEY'WALLACE, 63

The New World and the Old,

ARNOLD GUYOT,

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Vathek in the Hall of Eblis,

Willian BECKFORD, 66

The Dramatic Age, .

HENRY REED,

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Culture of the English Language,

HENRY REED,

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Byron's Tomb,

WASHINGTON IRVING, 68

Address of Nicias to his Troops,

ThưCYDIDES,

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Common Things Important, .

R. C. WINTHROP,

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The Physician's Duty and Responsibility, Dr J. W. FRANCIS,

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The Smithsonian Institute,

Joel R. POINSETT,

The First Predicted Eclipse,

0. M. MITCHEL,

Kepler's Discovery of the Third Law,

0. M. MITCHEL,

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The Treaty of Shackamaxon,

HENRY D. GILPIN,

The Settlement of Pennsylvania,

HENRY D. GILPIN,

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Canova's Triumph,

CARDINAL WISEMAN,

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Devotion to Science,

AUGUSTIN THIERRY, 76

European Names in America,

Argustin TMERRY, 76

The Progress of Civilization,

Guizot,

The Pilgrims of New England,

S. S. PRENTISS,

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The Value of the Union,

S. S. PRENTISS,

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English Opinions of France,

DR. DIRBIN,

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Napoleon's Tomb,

DR. DURBIN,

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Man's Immortality, .

WILLIAM PRout,

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The Stone Age,

Walter Scott,

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Penn and Lycurgus,

GULIAN C. VERPLANCK S3

The Spread of knowledge,

W. E. CHANNING,

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The Heavens Proclaim the Deity,

0. M. MITCHEL,

The Franks, .

ALGUSTIN THIERRY,

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The House of Refuge,

Joun SERGEANT,

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The Dutch Republic,

GULIAN C. VERPLANCK, 88

The Use of Knowledge,

CARDINAL WISEMAN, 89

English Prisons, .

SYDNEY SMITH,

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Ireland and Grattan,

SYDNEY SMITH,

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Rapid Progre in Agriculture,

W. M. MEREDITHI,

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The Wonders of the Deep,

ANONYMOUS,

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Aspects of the Ocean,

ANONYHOES,

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Farewell to the Army at Fontainebleau, 1814, NAPOLEON BONAPARTE,

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Charlemagne, .

MONTESQUIEU,

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Proclamation to the Army of Italy,

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, 95

Washington,

CHARLES PHILLIPS,

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Inauguration of the Monument to llenry Clay, John TYLER,

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The Great Merits of llenry Clay,

JOHN TYLER,

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English Culture, .

LORD Jour Rossell,

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The Egotistical Talker,

J. B. OWEN,

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The Sense of Beauty,

W. E. CHANNING,

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Books,

W. E. CHANNING,

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HENRY CLAY,

HENRY CLAY,

IIENRY CLAY,

HENRY CLAY,

HENRY CLAY,

DANIEL WEBSTER,

DANIEL WEBSTER,

DANIEL WEBSTER,

DANIEL WEBSTER,

J. C. CALHOUN,

J. C. CALIOUN,

J. C. CALHOUX,

J. C. Calhoun,
DEMOSTHENES,
DEMOSTHENES,
William Gaston,
R. Y. ILAYNE,
R. Y. HAYXE,
JAMES M. WAYNE,
Rufl's King,
H. W. HILLARD,
GOUVERNEUR MORRIS,
THOMAS II. BENTON,
MIRABEAU,
DAVID PAUL BROWN,
DAVID PAUL BROWN,
JAMES A. BAYARD,
PATRICK II ENRY,
PATRICK II ENRY,
WILLIAM H. DRAYTON, .
Joseph WARREN,
Joun RUTLEDGE, :
JAMES Madison,
ALEXANDER HAMILTON,
JOHN HANCOCK,
GEORGE WASHINGTON,
GEORGE WASHINGTON,
Johs DICKINSON,
SAMUEL ADAMS,
Josiah QUINCY, JR.,
JOSIAN QUINCY, JR.,
BENJAMIN Rusu,
HENRY LEE,
Jony RANDOLPI,
Joux RANDOLPH,
Jous QUINCY ADAJIS,
DAVID RAMSAY,
EDWARD LIVINGSTON,
TRISTRAN BURGES,
WILLIAM WIRT,
Davu PAUL Brown,
FRANKLIN PIERCE,
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NISTORICAL, BIOGRAPLICAL, AND DESCRIPTIVE.

llistory Properly Written,

Civil and Religious Liberty,

England and America,

Addison's Ilyinns,

Fielding's Fame,

John Locke and William Penn,

Milton and Dryden,

Wonders of Eugiish Rule in India,

The Black Hole of Calcutta,

Macaulay's Oratory,

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