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Another important feature of the collection is the introduction of those masterpieces of oratory - long excluded from books of this class, though now rendered appropriate by the new phase of public opinion,which advocate the inalienable rights of man, and denounce the crime of human bondage.

Aware of the deep and lasting power which pieces used for declamation exert in moulding the ideas and opinions of the young, it' has been my aim to admit only such productions as inculcate the noblest and purest sentiments, teaching patriotism, loyalty, and justice, and firing the youthful heart with ambition to be useful, and with heroic devotion to duty.

The text of the extracts has been made to conform to that of the most authentic editions of the works of their authors. Some pieces which have heretofore been presented in a mutilated form, are here restored to their original completeness. Where compression or abridgment has been necessary, it has been executed with caution, and with strict regard to the sentiments and ideas of the authors.

Fully convinced that elaborate treatises on elocution more appropriately form separate publications, nothing of the kind has been included in this volume. A summary of practical suggestions to teachers and students was thought to form a more useful introduction.

For the sake of artistic beauty in the page, as well as for the convenience of the student, the notes and explanatory remarks necessary for the proper understanding of the pieces, have been thrown together at the end of the volume, and so arranged that reference to them can be easily made.

This work, the preparation of which has been a recreation rather than a labor — an agreeable diversion from the daily routine of a laborious office,- is the embodiment of the experience and observation of twenty-five years, with reference to this description of literature. It originated in a desire to contribute something to the furtherance of the right education of the young men of my country, and the extent to which it promotes this object, will in my estimation, be the measure of its success.

Boston, July 4, 1864.

CONTENTS.

37. An Appeal in Behalf of Patriotism and Loyalty.

38. Our Duties to the Republici...

39. Spartacus to the Gladiators .........

40. No Extension of Slave Territory ............

41. National Monument to Washington....

42. The Perfect Orator...

43. Necessity of a Pure National Morality....

44. On the Irish Disturbance Bill....

45. Cæsar's Pause upon the Rubicon.....

46. Gustavus Vasa to the Dalecarlians....

47. Nobility of Labor ............................

48. Salathiel to Titus

49. An Appeal to the Loyalty of South Carolina

50. The Same Concluded..........

51. Burr and Blennerhassett.....

52. Cause for Indian Resentment.

53. Speech on the British Treaty.

54. Speech against a Libeller ..

55. New England and the Union........

56. On sending Relief to Ireland.............

57. The New England Common School.....

58. Christianity the Source of Reform .......

59. Northern Laborers ..............

60. Brougham's Attack on Canning described...

61. South Carolina during the Revolution .......

62. Incompetency of Parliament....

63. Washington ....................

64. Education....

65. Character of Napoleon Bonaparte.........

66. A Collision of Vices...............

67. “Measures not Men.....

68. Parliamentary Reform.................

69. Denunciation of Slavery.......

70. The Teachers of Mankind..

71. The Greatness of Washington...

72. Washington a Man of Genius..

73. Irish Aliens and English Victories.....

74. The Iliad and the Bible.......

75. On admitting California into the Union ....

76. A Highway to the Pacific.....

77. Address to Polish Exiles in London.......

78. Kossuth on his Credentials.....

79. The Ides of March.........

80. The Same Continued....

81. The Same Continued.....

82. The Same Concluded.......

83. The Mayflower and the Pilgrims.......

84. The Discovery of America......

85. Adams and Jefferson......

86. The Indian Chief to the White Settler.

87. The Men of “ Seventy-Six”....

88. The Same Concluded.. ......

89. Our Common Schools .....

90. Webster's greatest Parliamentary Effort...

91. What Good will the Monument do?...

92. Emancipation of the Catholics of Ireland ..

93. The Public Informer......

94. Red Jacket's Speech to the Missionary........

95. Partition of Poland...........................

96. National Disgrace.....

97. A Political Pause .....

98. Washington's Sword and Franklin's Staff.

99. The Right of Petition by Woinan....

109

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100. Value of Popularity........

Lord Mansfield ..... 131

101. Scorn to be Slaves ..

J. Warren .........

135

102. Loss of the Arctic...

7. W. Beecher.... 136

103. The Glory and Grandeur of Peace...

C. Sumner ........

104. Ancient and Modern Productions...

C. Sumner ........

139

105. The Abolition of the Slave Trade ..

W. Pitt

141

106. “Let there be Light”.......

H. Mann ....

143

107. True Eloquence....

D. Webster..

144

108. South Carolina and Massachusetts.....

D. Webster .......

145

109. African Slave Trade.........

D. Webster.... 147

110. Supposed Speech of John Adams....

D. Webster.

149

111. The Same Concluded.........

D. Webster ....... 151

112. Influence of the Character of Washington..

D. Webster...

152

113. Public Opinion .........

D. Webster......

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114. The Murderer's Secret..

D. Webster...... 155

115. The Same Concluded.

D. Webster

156

116. Defence of American Clergymen....

D. Webster... 157

117. Peaceable Secession impossible......

D. Webster... 158

118. Liberty and Union..........

D. Webster ........

160

119. Events Great, because of their Results......

D. Webster........

161

120. The Future of America..

D. Webster ....

163

121. Liberty of Speech..........

D. Webster ......... 164

122. Washington to the Present Generation .....

D. Webster ......

165

123. The Platform of the Constitution.........

D. Weuster ........

166

124. The Veterans of the Battle of Bunker Hill. D. Webster ..... 168

125. Reply to the Reflections of Mr. Walpole..... Lord Chatham... 170

126. Speech against the American War. ..........

Lord Chatham... 171

127. Speech against Employing Indians in War. Lord Chatham..

128. Honorable Ambition.........................

174

129. The Noblest Public Virtu

.. 175

130. Plea for the Union ...

176

131. National Glory...........................

H. Clay...........

.. 178

132. Brutus on the Death of Cæsar...

Shakspeare......

179

133. Hamlet's Address to the Players.....

Shakspeare.........

180

134. Falstaff's Description of his Soldiers ..

Shakspeare.........

181

135. Soliloquy on Character ....

Shakspeare........

182

136. Death of Hamilton.....

Dr. Nott....

183

137. Invective against Mr. Flood.......

H. Grattan... 184

138. Reply to Mr. Corry.........

H. Grattan ..

187

139. Speech of Titus Quinctius to the Romans..... Anonymous........ 188

140. The Boston Massacre...

John Hancock....... 190

141. Enterprise of New England ....

E. Burke ....... 191

142. The Right of England to Tax America .......

E. Burke .......

192

143. Description of Junius .......................

E. Burke .......

193

144. True Statesmanship..........

E. Burke .

194

145. The Queen of France and the Spirit of Chivalry E. Burke

195

146. Peroration of Opening Speech against Hastings E. Burke ...

196

147. Peroration of Closing Speech against Hastings E. Burke ....... 198

148. The Crisis of the Nation .....................

Cicero .............

199

149. Extract from Demosthenes....

Demosthenes ........

200

1 0 ...................

150. Extract from Demosthenes on the Crown...... Demosthenes ..... 202

151. Queen Elizabeth ......

J. Mackintosh ...... 203

152. The Free Press ......

J. Mackintosh .. 205

153. The Liberty of the Press ....................

Lord Erskine ...

154. British Tyranny in India

Lord Erskine ...

155. Declaration of Right ...

H. Grattan.......

156. Politics and

....... J. M. Mason. .....

................

209

157. The Star Spangled Banner.............

158. Aspirations of Youth .....

159. The Love of Country and of Home....

160. The Bells .........

161. The Raven...

162. Spirit of Patriotism......

163. Lochinvar..........................

164. Marmion taking leave of Douglas.......

165. Highland War-Song..........

166. David's Lament for Absalom..

167. “ Look not upon the Wine" ..........

168. The Leper. ........

169. Parrhasius and the Captive...

170. Casabianca....

171. The Bended Bow ...

172. The Better Land.....

173. Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers ...

174. Bernardo Del Carpio....

175. Bernardo an

nso.....

176. The Bridge of Sighs.........

177. Song of the Shirt......................

178. Look Aloft......................

179. Press On.....

180. Kindness...

181. How's my Boy?..............

182. Excelsior...

183. A Psalm of Life.....

184. The Launching of the Ship ..........

185. The Negro's Complaint...

186. Loss of the Royal George ....

187. Slavery ................

188. The Seminole's Reply........

189. The Three Beats......

190. The Battle of Ivry ..........

191. The Soldier from Bingen ... ...........

192. “Give me three Grains of Corn, Mother" ....

193. Tell's Apostrophe to Liberty......

194. William Tell among the Mountains...........

195. The Baron's Last Banquet............

196. The Water Drinker.................

197. Chamouni...............::::......

198. How they brought the Good News...

199. The Sword...

200. The Fireman...

201. Speak Gently...........

202. The Passions...............................

203. New England. ......

204. Song for Saint Cecilia's Day...........

205. The Sailor's Song...

206. Napoleon....

207. Warren's Address at Bunker Hill..

208. Thanatopsis. ......

203. The African Chief....

210. The Battle-Field....

211. Hallowed Ground....

212. The Exile of Erin......

213. Lord Ullin's Daughter..

214. Fall of Warsaw...

215. Hohenlinden.......

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