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47 & 49 GREENE STREET.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1867, by
IVISON, PHINNEY, BLAKEMAN, & CO.,
for the Southern District of New York.
Having been professionally engaged a number of years, as a Reader in Public, and also as a Teacher of Elocution in New York, I have frequently been consulted with reference to various works upon the subject. When a thorough investigation, a complete analysis was desired, I have heartily recommended “TAE PnILOSOPHY OF THE HUMAN VOICE," by Dr. Rush; otherwise, I have suggested different textbooks, according to the intentions of those making the inquiries.
At times, in the latter case, I have had misgivings as to the results of my advice; for, in none of the lesser works I have recommended, would all the means of vocal expression sufficiently correspond in style to those I inculcated, and it seined to be the FORM alone that many persons PARTICULARLY desired.
Furthermore, I have needed a manual by which instruction, in a method which I claim in many respects to be new in its plan and arrangement, could be imparted more reliably than by oral means alone. I have, therefore, prepared this volume, as an improvement upon my former efforts, the last published five years ago, which I now send forth to accomplish what it may in the furtherance of the noble art of reading and speaking well.
In the following treatise I have inserted, occasionally, qnotations from authors on art and painting, as well as elocu