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MENTAL AND WOCAL PHILOSOPHY:
Involving The PRINCIPLES OF
READING AND SPEAKING;
FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND CULTIVATION
BOTH BODY AND MIND,
in Accordance With the
NATURE, USES, AND DESTINY OF MAN:
it, LUSTRAted by
Two or THREE HUNDRED CHOICE ANECDOTEs:
Some years ago, the Author was extensively engaged as a Public Speaker and, in o: of the habit of speaking, principally, with the muscles of the throat and breast, he finally broke down, falling senseless, after speaking about an hour and a half: that was followed by a protracted illness; during
which, he providentially discovered the Causes, and also the Remedies, of the dif
ficulties under which he had labored; and now, for months in succession, by the
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1845, by C. P. Broxson,
TO THE FIFT H EDITION.
In this work, the Author has given some of the results of his study and practice, in the department of Mental and Vocal Philosophy, for the last fifteen years. Persons, who are familiar with the subjects discussed, can see how much he is indebted to books, and how much to investigation and experience. Whatever is good and TRUE in it, belongs to ALL; for it is from Above. If there be anything false and evil, the Author holds himself responsible for it. His endeavor has been, to furnish a book, which may be useful to every one. He believes that a greater variety will be found in this, than in any other work on the subject;-a variety, too, which will induce deep and careful thinking, and right feeling; and which tends directly, to the end in view, to wit: the development and application, of those principles of MIND and Voice, which the Author has been engaged in practicing and teaching, in our principal towns and cities, and Institutions of Learning: notices of which may be seen among the accompanying testimonials. This work is an abridgment of what the Author has written, in three connected, yet separate volumes, as yet unpublished, embracing the subjects of Body and Mind, their natures, relations, and destinies: the work, next in order, is Physiology and Psychology, which, it is expected, will be published the coming year. One reason why no more quotations are made from the Bible is, that the Sacred Volume is nearly ready for the press, prepared with such a notation as will aid the reader, to pronounce and emphasize it, at sight—it being both a Pronouncing and Rhetorical Bible: it was commenced sev. eral years ago, at the request of clergymen and others, who have attended the Author's Biblical Readings and Recitations; and would probably have been laid before the public before this, but for the destruction of a portion of it by fire. The following work is now “cast upon the waters,” in a stereotyped form, not likely soon to be changed. An affectionate Teacher's kindest regards to his Pupils, and respects to a candid and generous public.