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SELECT ACADEMIC SPEAKER;
A Large Number of New and Appropriate Pieces,
PROSE DECLAMATION, POETICAL RECITATION,
AND DRAMATIC READINGS.
SELECTED FROM THE BEST AUTHORS, AMERICAN,
ENGLISH, AND CONTINENTAL
ARRANGED IN A RHETORICAL ORDER, AND ADAPTED TO THE
WANTS OF CLASSES IN
SCHOOLS, ACADEMIES, AND COLLEGES.
HENRY COPPÉ E, LL.D.,
PRESIDENT OF THE LEILIGH UNIVERSITY.
PUBLISHED BY E. H. BUTLER & CO.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1800, by
E. H. BUTLER & CO., In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the Eastern
District of Pennsylvania.
The great extent and variety of English and American literature, are a sufficient warrant for publishing a new book of extracis from their valuable stores.
Add to this the importance which literature has attained in this age; the new authors of merit and genius who are almost daily appearing, and the correspondent increase in our standard literature, and what was before simply warrantable, becomes almost a necessity.
Without disparagement of many excellent books already pub. lished, it must be said that we have delayed too long upon the hackneyed though beautiful periods of a few favorite orators or authors; and that those acquainted with the wants of academies and colleges, know how difficult it is, in any such work, to find what young speakers, and their hearers, alike crave,-something new.
Such is the experience of the compiler of this volume, an experience of years in the suggestion and selection of pieces for declamation by students : and this has prompted the publication of the present volume.
To meet these wants, he offers the following as among the claims of " The Select Academic Speaker":The selections are with few exceptions new: they have not