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THE ART OF SPEECH.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

I.

STUDIES IN POETRY AND PROSE.

BY

L. T. TOWNSEND, D. D.,
PROFESSOR IN BOSTON UNIVERSITY, AUTHOR OF “CREDO,"

ETC., ETC.

NEW YORK:

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY,

1880.

COPYRIGHT

By D. APPLETON & CO.,

1879.

FEB 2: 1900

39,826

TO

J. H. VINCENT, D. D.,

THE MASTER OF SABBATH SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES, AND

THE PROJECTOR AND ORGANIZER OF

THE PEOPLE'S COLLEGE,

This Treatise

IS RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED.

PREFACE.

The leading genius of the People's College at Chautauqua Lake, with a view of providing for his course a text-book, asked for the publication of the following laws and principles of speech.

The author, not seeing sufficient reason for withholding what had been of much practical benefit to himself, consented.

The subject-matter herein contained is an outgrowth from occasional instructions given while occupying the chair of Sacred Rhetoric.

The author is quite sure, in his treatment of the subject, that he is indebted, directly or indirectly, to every one who has ever written upon language. This expression of indebtedness is also a confession of both obligation and gratitude to the earnest and faithful pioneers and predecessors in the field of speech-lore.

The frequent reference to the Bible as authority and as a source of illustrations may possibly

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