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DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT:
District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the eleventh day of February, A D 1826, and in the fiftieth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Cummings, Huliard Co. of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit :
* 1 he Art of Reading: or Rules for the Attainment of a just and correct Enunciation of Written Language, Mostly selected from Walker's Elements of Elocution, and adapted to the use of schools."
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 outhors and proprietors of such copies, during the times thrrein mentioned ;” and also ar act, entitied, “ An act, supplementary to an aot, entitled,
An act for the encouragement ut earning, 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 thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching, historical and other prints."
JOHN W. DAVIS,
THE Elements of Elocution is a work, which has enjoyed great reputation both in England and in this country. The correctness of its principles is generally admitted, and the rules it contains are allowed to be the most accurate guide we possess on the subject of Reading. It is not however, in its present form, well suited to the purposes of a school book. The volume is rather too expensive for general use, and contains much which can neither be applied nor understood by the majority of pupils. It occurred to the compiler, that an abridgment of this treatise, divested of all minute disquisition, and rendered strictly practical in its character, might be a useful manual for schools. This idea has been confirmed by some, intelligent friends whom he has consulted, and hence this little volume is now offered to the public.
The alterations which have been attempted in the present compendium, as will be noticed on comparing it with the original work, are not numerous. They consist in occasionally varying the order of the Rules, in simplifying their language, and in supplying a few additional examples for practice. Where these changes occur, it is hoped their utility will appear sufficient to justify their introduction.