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IN performing these exercises the learner should daily read aloud by himself, and, as often as he has. opportunity, under the correótion of an Instructor. or Friend. He should also frequently recite compositions memoriter. This method has several advantages: it obliges the speaker to dwell upon the ideas. which he is to express, and hereby enables him to. discern their particular meaning and force, and gives him a previous knowledge of the several inflexions, emphasis, and tones which the words require. And, by taking off his eye from the book, it in part relieves him from the influence of the school-boy habit of. reading in a different key and tone from that of conversation; and gives him greater liberty to attempt the expression of the countenance and gesture.

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chamber, to the bar, the senate, or the pulpit. A
Young man who has been accustomed to perform
frequent exercises in this art in private, cannot easily
persuade himself, when he appears before the public,
to consider the business he has to perform in any
other light, than as a trial of skill, and a display of
oratory. Hence it is, that the chara&ter of an Ora-
tor has of late often been treated with ridicule,
sometimes with contempt. We are pleased with the
easy and graceful movements which the true gentle-
man has acquired by having learnt to dance; but we
are offended by the coxcomb," who is always exhi-
biting his formal dancing-bow, and minuet-step.
- So,

* see Dean Swift's advice on this head in his Letter to a young Clergyman.

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To be ever active in laudable pursuits, is the diffin

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