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ASTOR, LENOX AND
District of Connecticut, to wit.
BE it remembered, That on the nineteenth day of October, in the thirty-sixth year of the Independence of thi United States of America, Increasc Cooke, of the said Di trict, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, tm right whereof he claims as author, in the words followir to wit, “ The American Orator, or elegant extracts in pros and poetry, comprehending a diversity of oratorical spe mens of the eloquence of popular assemblies, of the bar of the pulpit, &c. principally intended for the use of schools and academies. To which are prefixed a dissertation on oratorical delivery, and the outlines of gesture. By In. crease Cooke. "There is as much eloquence in the tone of voice, in the look, and in the gesture of an orator, as in the use of his words."- 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 therein mentioned.” HENRY W. EDWARDS, Clerk of the District
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THIS Publication is principally intended for the accommodation of Teachers of ElocuTION, and of Young PERSONS, who are in the course of their EDUCATION ; yet to Readers of every class.....to the private Citizen, and to the Christian, as well as to the advanced Scho. lar, and to the Orator.....it presents an agreeda" ble companion, particularly suited to fill up short intervals of accidental leisure.
A GENERAL view of the variety comprehended in this volume, with the names of the Authors from whose works extracts have been made, so far as they could be ascertained with certainty, is exhibited in the following TABLE r ContenTS.
ERY, and the OUTLINES OF GESTURE, which are
prefixed, are mostly abstracted from Chapman's Orator, and are fuller and more minute, it is believed, than what is commonly to be met with în compilations of this sort.
Living AUTHORS, it is hoped, will not be displeased that useful and elegant passages have been borrowed of them, since, as they wrote to reform and improve the age, they will perceive at once, that to place their most important in. structions, and salutary admonitions, in the hands of Young Persons, and to adapt them to the use of Schools and ACADEMIES, is to contribute most effectually to the accomplishment of their benevolent design. The works themselves at large are so voluminous and expensive, as to be precluded from a general circulation... extracts, therefore, are highly expedient, or ther absolutely necessary.