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GRAMMAR OF RHETORIC,

AND

POLITE LITERATURE

COMPREHENDING

THE PRINCIPLES OF LANGUAGE AND STYLE,

THE ELEMENTS OF TASTE AND CRITICISM;

WITH

RULES,

FOR THE STUDY OF COMPOSITION AND ELOQUENCE :

ILLUSTRATED BY

APPROPRIATE EXAMPLES,

SELECTED CHIEFLY FROM

THE BRITISH CLASSICS.

FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS, OR PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

By ALEXANDER JAMIESON, LL. L.

FOURTH EDITION.

NEW-HAVEN:

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY A. H. MALTBY AND CO,

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LITRARY

213601

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

1901

INTRODUCTION.

THIS Grammar of Rhetoric is designed to succeed, in the course of education, the study of English Grammar. At that period, the young student is most likely to enter with vigour upon the study of a branch of education, which has been deemed essential, in our public seminaries, to form the mind for engaging in the active concerns of life. It is then that he should be taught, that a minute and trifling study of words alone, and an ostentatious and deceitful display of orpament and pomp of expression, must be exploded from his compositions, if he would value substance rather than show, and good sense as the foundation of all good writing. The principles of sound reason, must then be employed to tame the impetuosity of youthful feeling, and direct the attention to simplicity, as essential to all true ornament.

In prosecution of this plan, the Author has, throughout this work, first laid down the principles or rules of legitimate Rhetoric; he has then given popular illustrations of these principles or rules; he has next confirmed his views, in the illustrations, by appropriate examples; and, finally, as these examples, or illustrations, furnished analyses or scorollaries, he has endeavoured to make them tend to the improvement of the student's good taste, and of true ornament in composition.

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