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Publishers' Preface to this Revised Edition.
briefly stated, it being the opinion of the Editor, and those who have favoured him with their advice, that not only has the veil of pedantry which has been thrown over so many treatises, rendered them obscure, and retarded the progress of the art, but that wherever this branch of education may be taught, but little good will be accomplished unless under the guidance of a judicious and skilful teacher.
For the rules which are embodied in chapters 2 to 6 of the introductory matter the Editor is mainly indebted to his friend, the late Henry Marston, Esq., of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
J. E. C.
PUBLISHERS' PREFACE TO THIS
In consequence of the recent decease of the original compiler, this volume is now entrusted to the care of a new Editor, who has completely revised the work to the present date, expunged time-worn matter, and inserted selections from modern authors. This, we hope, will keep the work in the high reputation and prominent position it has held for so long a period.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
. Sir Walter Raleigh
Mrs. E. B. Browning.
. Robert Browning
. John Keats