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TABLE OF CONTENTS.

PART I.

PIECES IN PROSE.

CHAPTER I. [The names of American authors are in small capitals.) Select Sentences,

CHAPTER II.

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NARRATIVE PIECES.

Catharina, Empress of Russia,

Goldsmith 22 Execution of Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, Hume 25 The Voyage of Life : :-an allegory,

Dr. Johnson 27 Death of Socrates,

31 Account of William Penn's treaty with the Indians,

Edinburgh Review 34 Religion and Superstition contrasted,

Carter 36 CHAPTER III.

DIDACTIC PIECES.

On the pleasure of acquiring knowledge,

Alison 40 On the uses of knowledge,

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42 Integrity the guide of life,

Blair 45 The happiness of animals a proof of divine bencvolence, Paley 46 The Seasons,

Monthly Anthology 49 On the Swiftness of Time,

Dr. Johnson 51 The unhappiness of unrestrained passions,

Blair 53 Of curiosity concerning the affairs of others,

do. 54 The miseries of Men mostly of their own procuring,

do. 57 The Creator's works attest his greatness,

do. 59 The advantages of a taste for Natural History,

Wood ib, Necessity of Industry, even to Genius,

Kno: 61 Religion the only basis of Society,

CHANNING 62 On the reasonableness of Devotion,

Blair 64 CHAPTER IV.

DESCRIPTIVE PIECES,

Character of Washington,

AMES 66 The Grave of Jefferson,

Anon. 69 The last days of Herculaneum,

70 Passage of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers through the Blue Ridge,

JEFFERSON 71 The Egyptian Pyramids,

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Of the Forum and other public buildings at Rome,
Description of Ætna,

CHAPTER V.

Eustace 74 Brydons 77

PATHETIC PIECES.
The Widow and her Son,
The Blind Preacher,
The Head Stone,

CHAPTER VI.

IRVING 92
Wir 88
Wilson 91

DIALOGUES.

The Sultan and Mr. Howard, the Philanthropist, Mrs. Inchbald 95 Cadmus and Hercules,

Littleton 97 Lord Bacon and Shakspeare,

Blackwood's Magazine 100 CHAPTER VII.

PUBLIC SPEECHES.

The nature of true Eloquence,

WEBSTER 104 The perfect Orator,

Sheridan ib. Panegyric on the Eloquence of Mr. Sheridan,

Burke 105 Extract from Mr. Pitt's Speech in Parliament,

Pitt 106 Extract from Patrick Henry's Speech before a Convention of Delegates, in Virginia, 1775,

Wirt 107 Extract from an Eulogy on Jefferson and Adams, delivered in Boston, 1826,

WEBSTER 110 Extract from a Speech of Mr. Phillips, in Ireland, on a certain occasion,

Phillips 114 Mr. Sheridan's Invective against Hastings,

Sheridan 115 Mr. Burke's description of Junius,

Burke 117 Mr. Burke's Compliment to Mr. Fox,

do. 118 Eztract of a Speech of Mr. Curran,

Curran 119 Extract from a Eulogy on Jefferson and Adams, pronounced at Washington, 1836,

WIRT 125 Extract from an Address at the laying of the corner stone of the Bunker Hill Monument,

WEBSTER 128 Speech of Titus Quinctius to the Romans,

130 Extract from Judge Story's Continental Address, delivered at Salem, 1828,

STORY 132 Address to the American Youth,

Hawes 135 CHAPTER VIII.

PROMISCUOUS PIECES. The incidents of a Voyage across the Atlantic,

IRVING 139 Description of a Thunder Storm on the Highlands of the Hudson,

DO. 143 The happy effects of a virtuous sensibility,

Blair 144 The importance of Order in the management of business, do. 146 The Funeral of Maria,

Mackenzie 147

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