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Mr. Hume has somewhere remarked, that “ he who would teach eloquence must do it chiefly by examples.The author of this volume was forcibly struck with this remark in early life ; and in entering on the office of Pro fessor of Rhetoric in Yale College, more than thirty years ago, besides the ordinary instructions in that department, he took Demosthenes Oration for the Crown as a text-book in the Senior Class, making it the basis of a cours of informal lectures on the principles of oratory. Modern eloquence came next, and he endeavored, in a distinct course, to show the leading characteristics of the great orators of our own language, and the best mode of study. ing them to advantage. His object in both courses was, not only to awaken in the minds of the class that love of genuine eloquence which is the surest pledge of success, but to aid them in catching the spirit of the authors read, and, by analyzing passages selected for the purpose, to initiate the pupil in those higher principles which (whether they were conscious of it or not) have always guided the great masters of the art, till he should learn the unwritten rules of oratory, which operate by a kind of instinct upon the mind, and are far more important than any that are found in the books.

Such is the origin of this volume, which contains the matter of the second course of lectures mentioned above, cast into another form, in connection with the speeches of the great British orators of the first and second class. A distinct volume would be necessary for American eloquence, if the lecture: on that subject should ever be published.

The speeches selected are those which, by the general suffrage of the English public, are regarled as the master-pieces of their respective authors. They are in almost every instance given entire, because the object is to have each of them studied as a complete system of thought. Detached passages of extraordinary force and beauty may be useful as exercises in elocution ; but, if dwelt upon exclusively as models of style, they are sure to vitiate the taste. It is like taking all one's nutriment from highly-seasoned food and stimulating drinks.

As to the orators chosen, CHATHAM, Burke, Fox, and Prrt stand, by universal consent, at the head of our eloquence, and to these Erskine may be added as the greatest of our forensic orators. Every tolerably reported speech from Lord CHATHAM is of interest to the student in oratory, and all that I thoaght such are here inserted, including eight never before published in this country. All of Burke's speeches which he prepared for the press have also found a place, except that on Economical Reforın, which, relating to mere matters of English finance, has less interest for an American In room of this, the reader will find the most striking passages in his works on the French Revolution, so that this volume contains nearly every thing which most persons can have any desire to study in the pages of Mr. Burke. Six of Fox's great speeches are next given, and three of Prrt's, with copious extracts from the early efforts of the latter; together with nine of Erskine's ablest arguments, being those on which his reputation mainly rests. Among the orators of the second class, the reader will find in this volume four speeches of Lord VANSFIELD; two of Mr. GRATTAN's, with his invectives against Flood and Corry ; Mr. SHERIDAN's celebrated speech against Hast

ings; three of Mr. CURRAN'S; Sir James Mackintosh's famous specch for Peltior; four of Mr. CANNING's; and five of Lord BROUGHAM's, including his instructive discourse on the study of eloquence in the Greek orators. Some of the most finished letters of JUNIUS are given in their proper place, with remarks on his style as an admirable model of condensation, elegance, and force. In the first fifty pages will be found nearly all the celebrated speeches before the days of Lord Chatham, from Sir ROBERT WALPOLE, Lord CHESTER FIELD, Mr. PulTENEY, Lord Belhaven, Sir John Digby, the Earl of Straf. FORD, and Sir John Eliot. The selections in this volume extend through a period of two hundred years, and embrace a very large proportion of the most powerful eloquence of Great Britain.

The following are the aids afforded for the study of these speeches :

(1.) A memoir of each orator, designed to show his early training in eloquence, the leading events of his public life, the peculiar cast of his genius, and the distinctive characteristics of his oratory. It onght to be said, in justice to the author, that these sketches were completed in every essential particular, long before the publication of Lord Brougham's work upon British Statesmen.

(2.) A historical introduction to each of the speeches, explaining minutely the circumstances of the case, the state of parties, and the exact point at issue, being intended to place the reader in the midst of the scene as an actual spectator of the contest. These introductions, with the memoirs just mentioned, form a slight but continuous thread of political history, embracing the most important topics discussed in the British Parliament for more than a century.

(3.) An analysis of the longer speeches in side-notes, giving the divisions and subdivisions of thought, and thus enabling the reader to perceive at once the connection and bearing of the several parts.

(4.) A large body of explanatory notes, bringing out minuter facte. A few of these, on Chatham's early speeches, are from the Modern Orator, and also some definitions of law terms in two of Erskine's, p. 637–83.

(5.) Critical notes, as specimens of the kind of analysis which the autho has been accustomed to apply to the several parts of an oration, and which every student in oratory should be continually making out for himself.

(6.) Translations of the passages quoted from the ancient and foreign languages, with the poetry rendered into English verse. The passages are usually traced to their sources, and the train of thought given as it appears in the original, without a knowledge of which most quotations have but little force or beauty. For the same reason, the classical and other allusions are traced out and explained.

(7.) A concluding statement of the way in which the question was de. cided, with occasional remarks upon its merits, or the results produced by the decision.

Great compression has been used in preparing this volume, that all who are interested in the study of eloquence may be able to possess it. Each page contains the matter of three ordinary octavo pages in Pica type ; and the whole work has in it one sixth more than Chapman's Select Speeches, or Willison's American Eloquence, in five octavo volumes each.

In conclusion, the author may be permitted to say, that while he has aimed to produce a volume worthy of lying at all times on the table of ev. ery one engaged in speaking or writing for the public, he has hoped it might prove peculiarly useful to men of his own profession ; since nothing is more iesirable, at the present day, than a larger infusion into our sacred eloquence of the freedom, boldness, and strength which distinguish our secular oratory

for 1st, 1852.


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Page 1 Walpole, ib.; deprived of his commission, ib., become

llis earlyuife, 1; elected to the House at the opening of

leader of the Opposition, 54-5; comparison between
the contest with Charles I., ib.; imprisoned by the

him and Lord Mansfield, 55; gains a complete ascend.
King, ib.; again elected while in jail, ib. ; Petition of

ancy in the House, 56; unites with Mr. Pelham, and in
Right 2, Charles tries to evade it, ib.; Eliot's speech,

made Paymaster of the Forces, ib.; exhibition of dig.
ib.; characteristics of his eloquence, ib.; imprisoned,

interestednese, 56-7; on the death of Pelham comes out
dies the first martyr to liberty, 6.

against Newcastle, his successor, 58; attack on Mans

field, “ Felix trembles," ib.; attack on Fox, "conflux of

SPEECH on the Petition of Right.


the Rhone and Soane,” 59; drives Mansfield out of the

House, ib. ; is made Prime Minister on Newcastle's res.



ignation, 60; dismissed soon after, and all England in

His birth and education, 7; early traits, ib.; ill-treated by commotion, ib.; restored, his influence over all con.

Buckingham, ib. ; assumes the character of a patriot, nected with him in government, ib. ; power of his elo.

ib. ; defends the Petition of Right, 8; bought off by the quence, “Is there an Austrian among you ?" "Ut videre

court, ib.; becomes isvorite of Charles I., ib.; his ex. virum" 61; Opposition extinguished, 62 ; triumphs of

actions and crueices, E.; impeached by the Commons, his policy and arms in all quarters of the globe, ib.,

9; description of the trial, ib.

France sues for peace, 63; Spain joins her, ib.; he pro.

SPEECH when Impeached of High Treason.......... 11 poses war against her, but overruled by Lord Bute, ib.;

resigns, ib. ; makes his "Sitting Speech" against Lord


15 Bute's peace, 64; attack on Mr. Grenville, “Gentle Shep

herd," 65; opposes the King respecting John Wilkes and

His early life, 15 : enters the House as an opponent of the

American taxation, ib.; contemptuous retort on Justice

government, ib.; employed against Buckingham, ib. ;

appointed one of the managers for the impeachment of

Moreton, 66; withholds his support from the Rocking:

ham administration, ib.; forms his third ministry, and

Strafford, ib.; changes sides and comes out against the

is raised into the House of Lords, 67 ; his loss of health
bill of attainder, ib.; his eloquence characterized, ib.

and inability to administer the government, 68; resigns
SPEECH against the Attainder of Strafford..... 16 and retires, ib. ; comes out at the end of three years

against the Grafton ministry, 69; it falls before him, ib.;


19 support of America, 70; declines in health, ib., his

'Tis extraction and character, 19; evils resulting from a

death, 71 ; characteristics of his eloquence, 71-5.
union of the crowns of Scotland and England, and their

SPEECH on a Motion for an Address on the Marriage of
separation in all other respects, ib., jealousy of the En. the Prince of Wales
glish as to the trade of Scotland, ib.; retaliatory meas. SPEECH on the Spanish Convention..


area of the Scotch, ib.; plan of a Legislative Union, 20;

Speech on the Impressment of Seamen.


violent hostility against it in Scotland, ib.; circumstan.

SPEECH in reply to Horatio Walpole.


ces of Lord Belhaven's speech against it, ib.

SPEECH in favor of Inquiring into the conduct of Sir

SPEECH against the Legislative Union of England and Robert Walpole...


21 SECOND SPEECH in favor of Inquiring into the conduct

of Sir Robert Walpole....



2 SPEECH on taking the Hanoverian Troops into the pay of


His birth and early education, 27; enters Parliament as a

Great Britain.

Whig, ib. ; early traits of character, ib.; made Prime

Speech on a Motion for an Address of Thanks after the


Minister, ib.; his extreme jealousy of all who might be.

Battle of Dettingen.


come his competitors, 28; character of the Opposition

SPEECH on the Right of Taxing America.

and of Bolingbroke as its leader, ib.; Walpole's system

Speech in Reply to Lord Mansfield in Relation to the

of corruption, ib.; falsely accused as to most of his

Case of John Wilkes ..


leading measures, ib.; errors of his ministry, 29; char-

SPEECH on a Motion to Inquire into the State of the Na-

acter of his eloquence and that of his contemporaries, Speech in Relation to the Seizure of the Falkland Islands



29, 30.

by Spain..


SPEECH on the Septennial Act..


SPEECH on Addressing the King for his Removal.....

Speech against the Quartering of British Soldiers on the

Inhabitants of Boston.


SPEECH in favor of an immediate Removal of the British



Troops from Boston


His early life and study of oratory, 43; gradual develop: SPEECH on a Motion for an Address to put a stop to Hos-
ment of his powers, ib.; becomes one of the ablest of tilities in America...


English debaters, ib.; breaks down the power of Wal. SPEECH on a Motion for an Address to the Throne at the

pole, ib.; fails to succeed him, ib.; created Earl of Bath, Opening of Parliament, November 18th, 1777..... 134

ib. ; his general unpopularity, ib.; his death, ib. SPEECH against a Motion for adjourning Parliament, De

Srazcu un Reducing the Army..

43 cember llth, 1777..


LAST SPEEch upon America, with the circumstances of



bis Death

His birth, 45; early love of polite literature, ib. ; elegance


of his manners, ib.; his scuteness and wit as a public His birth, 143; descended from the Stormont family, which

speaker, ib.; his various public employments, ib.; re-
tires from office and devotes himself to literature, ib.;

adhered to the Stuarts, ib.; sent early to the Westmin.
his unhappiness in old age, ib.; his death, ib.

ster school, ib.; his great proficiency, ib. ; removed to
SPEECH against Licensing Gin-Shops

Oxford, ib.; his studies in rhetoric, ib.; commences the


study of the law, ib.; laborious training in extempora.


neous speaking, ib. ; historical studies, 144; practice in

elocution, ib. ; a favorite of Pope, ib.; extent of his
His birth and carly sufferings from the gout, 52; his ed. business as a lawyer, ib.; made Solicitor General, ib.,

ucation at Eaton, ib.; his conversational powers, ib. ; comparison between him and the elder Pitt, ib.; made
removes to Oxford, ib.; his studies in rhetoric, ib.; Attorney General, 145; appointed Chief Justice with
goes twice through the English dictionary to gain a title of Lord Mansfield, ib.; speech at taking leave of
command of language, ib.; obtains a commission in the his associates at Lincoln's Inn, 145-6; his qualifications
army, 53 ; joins the Opposition, ib.; enters Parliament, as Chief Justice, 146; testimony of Justice Story, ib.
ib : bis maden specch, 54; its effect on the King and his political course in the H-se of Lords, 147; rediger
Revolution, 227 : reasons. 227-28: his first collision Speech on the Rejection of Bonaparte's Overtures for
with Mr. For on the subject, 229; his breach with Mr. Peace



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As Chief Justice at the age of eighty-three, ib.; his death, Sheridan, 230; writes his Rc:lections on the Revolu
ib.; personal appearance and characteristics of his elo: tion in France, 231 ; characteristics of the work, ib.,
quence, ib.

its errors, ib.; its excellences, 231-32; his separation
Speech on the right of Taxing America..... Page 148

from Mr. Fox, 232-33; loss of his son, 231-35; pension
REMARKS on the foregoing speech with the American ar.

granted him, 235; his Letter to a Noble Lord on the
guiment (by the Editor).


subject of his pension, ib.; his Letters on a Regicide
SPEECH when surrounded by a Mob in the Court of

Peace, ib. ; errors of Mr. Burke respecting the war with
King's Bench.

154 l'rance, 235-36; decline of his health, 237; his death,
SPEECH in the case of Allan Evans, Esq.

155 ib.; characteristics of his genius and eloquence, 237-40
SPEECH on a Bill depriving Peers of certain Privi. SPEECH on American Taxation

Page 241
160 SPEECH on Conciliation with America

SPEECH previous to the Bristol Election

163 Speech on declining the Election at Bristol

His Letters have taken a permanent place in our elo Sreech on the East India Bill of Mr. Fox

quence, 163; the rhetorical skill which they manifest, Speech on the Nabob of Arcot's Debts...

ib.; the result of severe and protracted effort, ib.; labor PERORATION of Speech against Warren Hastings ... 362
bestowed on the selection and arrangement of his ideas,

EXTRACTS from works on the French Revolution... 36?

ib.; logical cast of his mind, 163-4; peculiar benefits to

the young orator from the study of his style, 164; his Nr. Burke on the Death of his son

extraordinary powers of condensation, ib. ; of insinu- CHARACTER of Sir Joshua Reynolds

ating ideas without expressing them in form, 161-5; DETACHED SENTIMENTS AND MAXIMS.

reasons why indirect attack by insinuation is so pecul.
iarly painful to cultivated minds, 165; Junius' means of HENRY GRATTAN....

secret information, ib.; characteristics of his style, 166- Ilis birth and education in Dublin, 382; study of the law
7; the perfection of his imagery, 167 ; who was Juni. in London, ib.; study of Lord Chatham as an orator,
us ? 168-9; his political relations, 170; had previously ib. ; settlement in Dublin as an advocate, ib.; election
written under other signatures, ib.; reasons for his to the Irish Parliament, ib.; moves a Declaration of
now coming out with increased strength and boldness, Irish right, 333 ; unsuccessful, ib.; moves it again at the
ib.; impression made by his first letter, 171 ; attacked

end of two years, 384; prevails, ib. ; opposed by Mr.
by Sir William Draper, and thus made an object of pub- Flood, ib.; invective against him, ib.; opposed to the
lic attention, ib.; his triumph over Sir William, 171-2; Union, ib. ; chosen to the Imperial Parliament, ib.; de-
the power he gained as a writer, ib. ; his efforts second

voted to the cause of Emancipation, ib.; his death, ib.;
ed by Lord Chatham, ib.; the King predicts that Junius personal qualities and character as an orator, 385.
will cease writing, ib. ; he discontinues his Letters at
the end of three years, and Sir Philip Francis is sent to

SPEECH on moving a Declaration of Irish Right .... 386
India, ib.


on making a second motion for a Declaration of
Irish Right....

LETTER to the Printer of the Public Advertiser ... 173
LETTER to Sir William Draper

INVECTIVE against Mr. Flood


LETTER to Sir William Draper..

INVECTIVE against Mr. Corry.
CHARACTER of Lord Chatham...

LETTER to the Duke of Gralton
LETTER to the Duke of Grafton


LETTER to the Duke of Bedford.
Remarks on the Character of the Duke of Bedford (by His parentage and connection with the stage, 399; early
the Editor)

192 dramatic productions, ib.; purchase of Drury Lane
LETTER to the King ..

193 Theater, ib.; election to Parliament, ib.; made Under
LETTER to the Duke of Grafton


Secretary of State, 400; keen retort on Pitt, ib.; speecb
REMARKS on the character of the Duke of Grafton (by the against Hastings in the House, ib. ; speech before the

204 House of Lords under the impeachment, 401; Lord
F.STIMATE OF JUNIUS by Mr. Burke and Dr. Johnson. 204 Byron's lines thereon, ib.; indolence and effrontery as

a speaker, 402; his wit and humor, ib.; habits of intem.


perance, 403 ; unhappy death, ib. ; personal appearance
His birth and delicate constitution, 206; educated at a

and character as an orator, 404.
Quaker school in Ballitore, ib. ; early training, ib.; re- Speech against Warren Hastings when impeached be.
mored to Trinity College, Dublin, ib.; account of his fore the House of Lords

studies, 207 ; early philosophical spirit, ib.; leaves col.
lege and studies law in London, ib. ; his severe mental CHARLES JAMES FOX

labor, 208; applies unsuccessfully for a professorship in
Glasgow, ib. ; publishes his Vindication of Natural So- His birth and early genius, 4:37; indulgence of his father,
ciety, ib. ; publishes his Essay on the Sublime and Beau- ib. ; produces habits of dissipation, 438; eminence in
tiful, 20; his society courted by the most distinguished

classical literature, ib.; distinction at Eaton and Oxford,
literary men, ib.; his conversational powers, 210; com.

ib.; early extravagance, 439; enters Parliament, iv.,
mences the Annual Register, ib. ; goes to Ireland as sec.

first a Tory and in office under Lord North, 440; turp
retary to Single Speech Hamilton, 211; comes into Par.

ed out abruptly, ib.; joins the Whigs as a pupil of
linment as a supporter of Lord Rockingham. 212; his

Burke, 441 ; his labors to form himself as a debater,
inaiden speech, highly praised by Lord Chatham, ib.;

443; becomes head of the Whig party, ib.; is made Sec.
goes out with Lord Rockingham, and becomes leader

retary of State under Lord Rockingham, 444; disap-
of the Whigs in the House, 213; Speech on American

pointed in not becoming Prime Minister on the death
Taxation, its powerful impression, 214; elected mem.

of Rockinghara, ib.; forms his Coalition with Lore
ber for Bristol, 215; circumstances leading to his speech

North, 443; drives out the ministry and becomes Sec-
on conciliation with America, ib.; comparison between

retary of State, ib.; his East India Bill, 446; speech in
this and his speech on American Taxation, 215-16;

support of it, 447; carried in the House, ib. ; defeated
fpeech on Economical Reform,“ King's turnspit a

in the Lords, ib.; his speech against secret influence,
member of Parliament," 216; speech at Bristol previ.

448; displaced and Mr. Pitt made Prime Minister, ib.;
ous to the election, 216–17; declincs the polls, and re-

unsuccessful corts to drive Pitt from power, ib. ; West-
turned for Malton, 217; speech against the continuance

minster election, 449; Mr. Fox's speech on the subject,
of the American war, "shearing the wolf," 217-218;

450; decision of the House in his favor, ib.; derange-
after the fall of Lord North, comes in with Lord Rock-

ment of the King, ib.; Mr. Fox asserts the right of the
inghem as Paymaster of the Forces, 218; carries his Prince of Wales to the Regency, 451; King recovers,
measures for economical reform, 219; originates the

452 ; Mr. Fox's speech against Mr. Pitt for arming against
East India Bill of Mr. Fox, ib.; his intimate acquaint-

Russia, 453 ; his Libel bill, ib.; his views of the French
ance with india and its concerns, 220; his speech on

Revolution, 454; his speech on Mr. Pitt's rejection of
Fox's East India Bill, 221; speech on the Nabob of Ar-

Bonaparte's overtures for peace, 458 ; comes in under
cot's debts, ib. ; procures the impeachment of Warren

Lord Grenville as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, 4539; hia
Ilastings, 221-22; draws up the articles of impeach.

death, personal appearance, 460; characteristics of his
ment, 23; delivers the opening speech against Hast. oratory, ib.
ings, ib. ; delivers his closing speech at the end of nearly SPEECH on the East India Bill...

seven years, 224; reasons for the acquittal of Hastings, Sreech on Secret Influence
225; King becomes deranged, 226 ; his ground respect. SPEECH on the Westminster Scrutiny

ing a Regency, ib.; his unpopularity and abusive irent. SPEECH on the Russian Armament
ment in the house, ib, ; his early jealousy of the French SPEECH On Parliamentary Reform


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