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Exercises may be selected for almost all grades of students, undergraduates, graduates, and professional men. For youth especially, the practice of Gesture is commended, as an agreeable and graceful style once formed will not be forgotten.
In diagrams, models, plain and practical simplicity, this book offers much that is ner. For most valuable help in its preparation, acknowledgements are due Professor A. M. Bell, of London, England; Dr. Gilbert Austin, England; and Dr. Weaver, of this country, whose elaboration of Dr. Rush's system is most complete.
Hoping that a convenient Drill Book of Exercises, complete and cheap, containing all that is essential, will encourage the study of Elocutivn and voice culture in all our schools in this country, this manual is committed to the public.
A. A. G. BATAVIA, May, 1868.
LESSONS IN ELOCUTION.
BY ALLEN A. GRIFFITH, A.M.
SEVENTH EDITION - REVISED AND IMPROVED.
THIS popular book contains a concise statement of the Principles of Elocution, with numerous Selections analyzed for practice. The prose and poetical Selections are unsurpassed in variety and freshness, being mostly taken from the first of living orators and writers. Every style of Oratory, from grave to gay, is represented; nor are choice gems of literature and poetry omitted. No better book for Classes in Reading and Declamation, could be found.
"I cordially recommend the work to Elocutionists, and to the teachers and friends of the Public Schools; and predict for it a wide and rapid sale."
NEWTON BATEMAN, Supt. Pub. Inst. of Illinois. "Prof. Griffith has given us an excellent book. He has exhibited the practical principles of the art in such a way that they may be applied with much ease and precision."
J. M. GREGORY, Regent Illinois Industrial University. “I cheerfully and heartily recommend this work to the Teachers of this state."
John G. McMynn, Supt. Pub. Inst. of Wis. "I have met with no work upon the subject which seems to me so well calculated to excite the interest and enthusiasm of the students of this beautiful art."
Wm. F. PHELPS, Supt. Normal School, Minn.
As an evidence of PROFESSOR GRIFFITH's success in teaching Elocution and Oratory, the following voluntary testimonials are presented :
OBERLIN COLLEGE, August 23, 1867. For the furtherance of this object, in behalf PROFESSOR A. A. Griffith having been of the Faculty, I subscribe myself employed by the authorities of the College
Your admirer and friend, to instruct the students in elocution and ora
W. CORBY, Pres't. tory, has just completed a course of five weeks, to the entire satisfaction of students
ST. MARY'S ACADEMY, NOTRE DAME, Ind., and faculty. He has had very large classes,
March 20, 1867. and awakened the greatest enthusiasm in PROFESSOR Griffith has given our young them all, showing himself the perfect master
ladies of the
Academy a series of practical of his profession. He has wonderful powers lectures on Elocution, for nearly a month. to awaken interest, inspire the timid with
We take pleasure in declaring our entire courage, and develop the capacities of all. satisfaction. There is only one voice among He has done a work here which will be last
teachers and pupils -- all unite to testify ing in its effects. The interest awakened in
that he is a complete master in his profession. the classes has not exceeded the interest of
As an earnest of the high esteem of his the whole community in Professor Griffith's ability and gentlemanly character, we have Public Readings. His power and flexibility made an arrangement with him for another of voice, his skill in all manner of expression, series of lectures during the next school are unsurpassed. He leaves us with the
SISTER M. CHARLES, Supt. esteem and warm regard of all who have come in contact with him.
John M. ELLIS,
[From an Editorial in the National IntelliProf. of Int. Phil. and Rhetoric, Oberlin Col.
gencer, Washington, D. C.]
ELOCUTIONARY TRAINING.-In no departUNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, Ind., ment of education has there been a greater March 27, 1867.
improvement in the last quarter of a century, PROFESSOR A. A. GRIFFITH:
perhaps, than in that of reading and oratory. Respected Sir,- We, turn aside from our 'I he men and women who were trained in custom, and present you this expression of our colleges and seminaries thirty and forty our regard. Having been associated with years ago, can bear witness to the meagre you during your extended course of illus- and imperfect system which was prevalent trative lectures upon Elocution and Oratory, even in the best institutions of learning at admired your great ability to render attrac- that period, while in those of a secondary tive and simple the principles which are at order the instruction was hardly better than the foundation of vocal power in reading no instruction at all. and speaking, witnessed your unflagging We have seen many teachers before classes zeal, your patience, and above all, your in this branch early and late since our school royal models, as presented in your extem-life, and have observed the gradual improveporaneous addresses and miscellaneous read- ments which have been introduced in the ings, we are prepared to render judgment, business, but have, we believe, never seen and would herewith offer our unqualified what impressed us as a better instructor in esteem and commendation. May we add, the study than we saw a few days since on a sir, thit finding in you the patron and friend visit to the large class of young men under a of liberal culture, and a type of the polished system of drill by Professor Griffith, in con. scholar and orator, we shall expect, from nection with the Columbian Law School of your exertions in our literary institutions, a this city. We did not, on entering the classrevival of that Athenian love of oratory and room, think we had time to remain but a few eloquence which has recently been so much minutes, and yet we were retained by his neglected, not only in this country, but in singularly excellent and entertaining method Europe.
much more than an hour.
[From an Editorial in the Oberlin News, complishment. Trusting that we shall meet August, 1867.]
again, I remain, very respectfully yours, INSTRUCTION IN ELOCUTION AND ORATORY.
JAMES A. WARD, -Professor Griffith is engaged in giving drill
Prefect of Schools and Prof. of Rhetoric. exercises to about four hundred of the College and Preparatory students. As an in- [From Very Rev. E. Sorin, Father Prostructor, he obeys the Divine injunction, to
vincial, etc.) do with all his might whatever his hands find
PROFESSOR Griffith, of Illinois, is now to do. * * * He assumes that all may closing, in our institution, a rourse of lecimprove in manner of deliver of speech, by
tures on Elocution, which have detained practice, as they may improve in Rhetoric, him nearly a month among us. I am happy Mathematics, and Languages, and no stndent to bear testimony not alone to his complete ought to be satisfied with present attainment
success here and at St. Mary's, in the branch in Elocution and Oratory, any more than they of education he so admirably teaches, but to are contented with their present knowledge in
the universal regret his departure creates any other department of education. * * * among teachers and pupils. As a proof of It is the universal opinion of College men
my entire satisfaction, I have advised the who know him, that he occupies the place as Superiors to re-engage him for next year. an instructor and lecturer upon Elocution
NOTRE DAME, Ind., March 20, 1867. and Oratory which Guyot and Agassiz occupy in Geography and History, and the
READING.–Professor Griffith's entertainnatural sciences.
ment last evening was a complete success in every respect. The hall was literally packed.
No elocutionist or public reader has ever GEORGETOWN COLLEGE, D. C.,
taken so firm a hold on our literary citizens. May 9, 1867.
The professor is a most accomplished master
of the divir art of atterance, and has been ALLAN A. GRIFFITH, A.M., Professor of Elo
so untiring as a student that he is full of his cution :
subject, and draws from every author with Dear Sir,--The admirable manner in which equal freedom, and renders every selection you have explained your principles and with surpassing power. The exercises last practice of Elocution, merits our congratu- evening were a fitting termination to a highly lations. All agree that your lessons were a successful engagement with the Georgetown decided success. Having been present my- College and the Columbian College Law self at all the lectures before the students, School.- Wushington Chronicle, Dec. 24,1867. and also participated in the special practice with the Fathers and scholastics, I most UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, Oct. 26, 1866. heartily concur in all their commendations. PROFESSOR A. A. GRIFFITH: I must add, too, that the proficiency of the My deur Sir,- I presume you received students has exceeded my expectations. I notice from Mr. Bentley, Secretary of our hope that your success will be as great else- | Board, of your election to a Professorship in where as it has been here. It is a pleasure, the University, in accordance with your proas I deem it a duty, to recommend you posal. We are extremely anxious to hear warmly to all who wish to obtain this elegant from you, and to have you with us again. and necessary, but too often neglected ac- Yours truly,
J. C. BURROUGHS, Pres't.
De Similar letters and testimonials have been received from President and Faculty of the following institutions: State University of Iowa, at Iowa City; Cornell College. Mount Vernon, Iowa; Eureka College, Illinois; Clarke Seminary, Illinois; Rock River Seminary, Illinois; Garrett Biblical Institute; North-Western Female College; North Western University, Evanston, Illinois ; Rockford Female Seminary, etc., etc.