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GRAMMAR OF ELOCUTION:
THE FIVE ACCIDENTS OF SPEECH ARE EXPLAINED
AND RULES GIVEN,
BY WHICH A JUST AND GRACEFUL MANNER OF DELIVERY
THE REV. SAMUEL WOOD, B. A.
"Art is but Nature better understood."-POPE.
PUBLISHED BY JOHN TAYLOR,
Bookseller and Publisher to the University of London,
UPPER GOWER STREET.
THE want of a good work on Elocution has long been felt. The best which we possess, is Walker's Elements; but in many parts it is very defective, and it is so diffuse and so voluminous, that few students have patience sufficient to endure its prolixity, for the sake of the really valuable matter which it contains. Mr. Walker was the first who developed an important principle; and it was to be expected that, in illustrating the application of his theory, he would be led into discussions, which they who come after him, and who take his principles for granted, have no occasion to repeat. His Elements is a most valuable treatise, but in order to make it useful in a practical view, it is necessary that its redundancies should be curtailed, that its style should be compressed, that its principles should be more fully developed, and its omissions supplied. This is what the Author of the present work has endeavoured to do; he has taken the Elements as his basis, and has supplied from other sources the matter in which they are deficient. Mr. Walker evidently did not understand the subject of Rhythm; this part, therefore, has been supplied from Steele's Proso