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WHEN We began to think for ourselves on Elocution, we found Mr. Walker's rules not only unsatisfactory, but obviously contradictory. The longer we investigated, the more were we convinced of the truth of this opinion. We, therefore, abandoned them completely, but not without remembering that he stood alone in Elocution, and that his system of rules has been promulgated, so far as we know, by every teacher in the empire. This, however, did not appear to us a powerful, or an unanswerable argument. Our view of the subject, briefly stated in the Introduction, is the only motive that has induced us to publish the appended Collection. We leave the Introduction to speak for itself. But if the view which we have there given, is not founded on Nature, let it be given to the wind. It has no right to rear its head, and arrogate to itself the importance, in which its singularity appears even at first sight to envelope it, unless Nature and Truth step forward to advocate its While expressing these sentiments, we
A SELECTION OF PIECES
Prose and Verse,
THE ART OF READING;
EXERCISES AND NOTES,
And preceded by
CONTAINING A NEW VIEW OF THE CAUSE OF INFLECTION
From which Mr. Walker's System of Rules
IS SHOWN TO BE ERRONEOUS.
BY JOHN WHITE, A. M.
TEACHER OF ELOCUTION, GRAMMAR, ETC. ABERDEEN.
PRINTED FOR G. CLARK; J. THOMSON, EDINBURGH;
M. DCCC. XXVI.