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NEW YORK:
IVISON, PHINNEY, BL A KEMAN, & CO.,

47 & 49 GREENE STREET.
s. 0. GRIGGS & Co., CAIC AGO.

1867.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1867, by

IVISON, PHINNEY, BLAKEMAN, & CO.,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States,

for the Southern District of New York.

PRE FACE.

Having been professionally engaged a number of years, as a Reader in Public, and also as a Teacher of Elocution in New York, I have frequently been consulted with reference to various works upon the subject. When a thorough investigation, a complete analysis was desired, I have heartily recommended “TAE PnILOSOPHY OF THE HUMAN VOICE," by Dr. Rush; otherwise, I have suggested different textbooks, according to the intentions of those making the inquiries.

At times, in the latter case, I have had misgivings as to the results of my advice; for, in none of the lesser works I have recommended, would all the means of vocal expression sufficiently correspond in style to those I inculcated, and it seined to be the FORM alone that many persons PARTICULARLY desired.

Furthermore, I have needed a manual by which instruction, in a method which I claim in many respects to be new in its plan and arrangement, could be imparted more reliably than by oral means alone. I have, therefore, prepared this volume, as an improvement upon my former efforts, the last published five years ago, which I now send forth to accomplish what it may in the furtherance of the noble art of reading and speaking well.

In the following treatise I have inserted, occasionally, qnotations from authors on art and painting, as well as elocu

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