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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.
chamber, to the bar, the senate, or the pulpit. A
* see Dean Swift's advice on this head in his Letter to a young Clergyman.
to public view under the charaćter of a Spouter, and to parade it in the ears of the vulgar with all the