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THE

COLUMBIAN ORATOR:

CONTAINING

A variety of Original and Selected Pieces; \

TOGETHER WITH

RULES,

CALCULATED TO IMPROVE YOUTH AND OTHERS

IN THE

ORNAMENTAL AND USEFUL

Art of Eloquence.

BY CALEB BINGHAM, A. M.
1
Author of The American Pre eptor, Young Lady's Accidence, &c.

"Cato cultivated Eloquence as a necessary mean for defend.
ing the rights of the people, and for enforcing good counsels."
ROLLIN

Published according to Act of Congress.

TENTH EDITION.

BALTIMORE:

PUBLISHED BY PHILIP H. NICKLIN AND COMPANY.

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PREFACE.

NOTWITHSTANDING the multiplicity of SchoolBooks now in use, it has been often suggested, that a Selection calculated particularly for Dialogue and Declamation, would be of extensive utility in our semina

ries.

The art of Oratory needs no encomium. To cultivate its rudiments, and diffuse its spirit among the Yout! of America, is the design of this Book.

Of the many pieces which this volume contains, three only are to be found in any publication of the kind. A large proportion is entirely original. To those, who have assisted him in this part, the author returns his warmest acknowledgments.

~The COLUMBIAN ORATOR is designed for a Second Part to the AMERICAN PRECEPTOR; for this reason, no pieces are inserted from that book.

As no advantage could arise from a methodical arangement, the Author has preferred variety to sysSem. In his choice of materials, it has been his object o select such as should inspire the pupil with the ardour of eloquence, and the love of virtue. He has sparBeds no pains to render the Work, in every respect, worthy of the generous patronage, which a liberal ublic have bestowed on his former publications.

Boston, May 17, 1797.

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