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THE

COMPRISING

A COLLECTION, PRINCIPALLY FROM AMERICAN AUTHORS,

OF THE

MOST ADMIRED SPECIMENS

OF

CONGRESSIONAL, FORENSIC, PULPIT

AND

POPULAR ELOQUENCE,

WITH

DIALOGUES AND POETICAL EXTRACTS,

ADAPTED TO PUBLIC RECITATION;

AND

AN INTRODUCTION,

EMBRACING THE PRINCIPAL RULES RELATING TO

DELIVERY AND ACTION.

BY JOSHUA P. SLACK.

TRENTON, NJ)
PUBLISHED AND SOLD BY DANIEL FENTON.

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Clase of 1838).

District of New Jersey, ss.
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the second day of March, in

the thirty-ninth year of the independence of the United
States of America, Daniel Fenton, of the said district,

hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right Two to whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:

SEAL

" The American Orator, comprising a collection, principally from

American authors, of the most admired specimens of Congres" sional, Forensic, Pulpit, and Popular Eloquence, with Dia

logues and Poetical Extracts, adapted to public recitation ; and an Introduction, embracing the principal rules relating to

delivery and action. By Joshua P. Slack.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,” and also to the act, entitled “ An Act supplementary to the act, entitled An Act for the encouragemt of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned ; and extending the benefits tliereof to the arts of designing, etching and engraving, historical and other prints."

ROBERT BOGGS, Clerk of the District of New Jersey.

HAR
UNIVERSITY

LIBRARY
JUL 17 1968

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Introduction,

page 3

CHAPTER I.

CONGRESSIONAL SPEECHES.

Extract from a speech by Mr. Grundy,

13
Continuation,

16

A reply to Mr. Grundy, by Mr. Randolph,

18

Continuation,

21, 23, 26, 80

Extract from a speech on the invasion of Canada, by Mr. Clay, 32

filling the army, by Mr. Webster, 36

Continuation,

38, 42, 45, 48, 51

Extract from a speech relative to the Bank bill, by Mr. Hanson, 53

Continuation,

56

Extract from a speech on the British Treaty, by Fisher Ames, 58

.......... an additional army, by Mr. Quincy, 61

Continuation,

64

Mr. Quincy's address to the chairman, after Mr. Clay's speech, 67

Extract from a speech on the state of the nation, by Mr. Fox,

69

seditious meetings by Mr. Pitt, 72

conciliation with America, by Mr. Burke, 74,

the foreign intercourse bill, by Mr. Harper, 77

Speech on the famous conscription bill, by Mr. Stockton,

82

Extract from a speech on the punishment of suspected pirates, by

Sir John Dunning,

104

CHAPTER II.

FORENSIC ELOquence.

Speech in defence of Dr. Rush, by Mr. Hopkinson,

108

Continuation,

114, 117

Extract from a speech on the trial of Burr, by Mr. Wirt, 124

against the Age of Reason, by Mr. Erskine, 127

**..................................... on the trial of Paine, by Mr. Erskine, 131

in the Irish Parliament, by Mr. Curran, 132

on the trial of Rowan, by Mr. Curran, 135

,

138

Extract from a speech in defence of Livingston, by Mr. Griffin, 140

Continuation,

145, 147

CHAPTER HII.

PULPIT ELOQUENCE.

Extract from a sermon, by Dr. Buchanan,

150

...................... on the Judgment, by Dr. Smith,

151

the same sermon,

152

a sermon on duelling, by Dr. Dwight,

154

the same sermon,

159

..................... a Missionary sermon, by Dr. Staughton,

163

a sermon before the Union Lodge, by Dr. Hersey, 167

Continuation of the same sermon,

171

Extract from a Missionary sermon, by Dr. Griffin,

174

178

178

..................... a sermon on public vices, by Dr. Smith,

Continuation,

181

196

Extract from a Missionary sermon, by Dr. Nott,

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