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OBSERVATIONS ON THE PRINCIPLES OF GESTURE;
Instructor in Elocution.
A N ID O V E R :
37/42Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1846, by WILLIAM RUssell, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
The design of the present work, is, as intimated in the title, to furnish a manual of elocution, prepared with particular reference to the purposes of the pulpit. The author's previous publications,—the American Elocutionist, and the volume on Orthophony, are intended for general use, in all literary establishments in which elocution forms a department of instruction. These two manuals furnish, it is thought, all the requisite means of acquiring a thorough knowledge of the principles of elocution,--either in a practical or a scientific form, at the option of the student. The Orthophony prescribes the elementary discipline by which to train the organs to vigour and pliancy, and to mould the voice, in adaptation to the various modes of expressive utterance. It furnishes a series of elementary lessons on the systematic cultivation of the voice,—adapted to the theory and nomenclature of Dr. Rush. It includes, also, the methods of instruction, and the forms of exercise, introduced by Mr. J. E. Murdoch, in his system of ‘vocal gymnastics, along with those which are used by the author of the present volume, in his modes of practical training. The Elocutionist presents, more particularly, the correct pronunciation of words, and the application of the rules of elocution, in connection with rhetoric and prosody. It comprises a course of practical instruction in enunciation, inflection, emphasis, rhetorical pauses, expressive tone, and the rudiments of gesture. The general principles of elocution, however, as a science, and its practice, as an art, need particular modification, to accommodate them to the appropriate purposes of professional