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Lessons in Reading and Speaking.
IMPROVE THE MINDS AND REFINE THE
TASTE OF YOUTH.
DIRECTIONS FOR EXPRESSING THE PRINCIPAL PASSIONE
OF THE MIND.
BY NOAH WEBSTER, Esq.
a New Edition.
From Sidney's Press, New-Haven for
ASADVERTISEMENT TO THE REVISED EDITION,
. THE American Selection, tho' well received and much used in schools,has been thought susceptible of improvement; the compiler has therefore made some alterations, omitting some pieces which are believed to be less adapted to interest young minds, and substituting others, which cannot fail to be as entertaining as useful. The present editition comprehends a great variety of sentiment, morality, history, elocution, anecdote and description, and it is believed, will be found to contain as much interesting matter, as any compilation of the size and price.
NEW-HAVEN Sept. 1804.
Diftri&t of Connecticut, fs. BE it remembered that on the thirtienth day of January in the twenty. ciobth year of the Independence of the United States of America, NOAH WEBSTER Jun, of said Difriet Esg, bath deported in this office the title of a book the right whereof be claims as author, in the words following, viz. « An American Selection of Leffons in Reading and Speaking, calculated to improve the minds and refine the taste of youtb-To which are prefixed Rules in Elocution and directions for expressing the principal paffions of ihe mind.. By NOAM WEBSTER Fun. Author of Dissertations on the English Lang guage, Collection of Essays and Fugitive Writings, the Prompter, &c." In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled an act for the encouragement of learning by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times tberein mentioned.
Charles Denison, Clerk of the Difria
CHARLES DENISON, Clarke
RULES FOR READING AND SPEAKING.
syllable its proper pronunciation of sound.
pause where the fenfe requires none.
'Let the accented fyllables be pronounced with a proper stress of voice ; the’unaccented, with little stress of voice, but disa tinctly.
* See my American Spelling book, in which the pauses of the com58, femicolon, colon, and period, are fixed at one, two, four, fix.