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A COMPLETE AND PRACTICAL TREATISE ON ELOCUTION;
SELECT AND CLASSIFIED EXERCISES IN READING AND
DECLAMATION; WITH BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES,

AND COPIOUS NOTES : ADAPTED TO THE USE

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COMPLETE IN TWO INDEPENDENT PARTS.
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By PARKER & WATSON.
No. 1.-National Primer,
No. 2.-National First Reader,

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No. 3.-National Second Reader,

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No. 4.-National Third Reader, .
No. 5.-National Fourth Reader,
No. 6.–National Fifth Reader,

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By J. MADISON WATSON.
The Independent First Reader, .
The Independent Second Reader,• 160 PP., 16 tinet comprehensis
The Independent Third Reader,
The Independent Fourth Reader,. 26 pp., 12n what we regard
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The National Fifth Reader,.. 600 pp., 12m,

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NATIONAL SPELLING BOOKS.

By J. MADISON WATSON.
National Elementary Speller,. 160 pp., 16mo.
National Pronouncing Speller, 183 pp., 12mo.

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PREFACE.

the plete and sufficient work for advanced classes in Reading, Elocution, and English and American Literature; to furnislı, in an available form, such an amount of biographical, historical, classical, orthoëpical, and miscellaneous matter, as to render it highly valuable as a book of reference; and to present a collection of pieces so rich, varie:I, perspicuous, and attractive, as to suit all classes of minds, all times, and all occasions.

Part First, in two chapters, embraces a simple, complete, and eminently practical Treatise on Elocution. The principles and rules are stated in a succinct and lucid manner, and followed by examples and exercises of sufficient number and extent to enable the student thoroughly to master each point as presented, as well as to acquire a clistinct comprehension of the parts as a whole.

In Part Second, the Selections for Rearling and Declamation contain what are regarded as the choicest genis of English literature. The works of many authors, ancient and modern, have been consulted, and more than a hundred standard writers, of the English language, on both sides of the Atlantic, have been laid under contribution to enable the authors to present a collection, rich in all that can inform the understanding, improve the taste, and cultivate the heart, and which, at the same time, shall furnish every variety of style and subject to exemplify the principles of Rhetorical delivery, and form a finished reader and elocutionist. These selections have been arranged in a regularly graded course, and strictly classificd with regard to the nature of the subjects. Although we have not been studious of novelty, presenting only what we regarded as suitable, intrinsically excellent, and most truly indicating the mode and range of thought of the writer, it will be seen that a large proportion of this collection is composed of pieces to be found in no similar work.

Much care and labor have been devoted to the orthoëpical department. Che pronunciation of all words liable to be mispronounced is indicated Kapce in each paragraph, or at the bottom of the page where they occur. With respect to the words about the pronunciation of which orthoëpists differ, we have adopted the most recent and reliable authority.

Classical and historical allusions, so common among the best writers, ve in all cases been explained; and, if the authors have not been de

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