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LECTURES ON RHETORIC,
COLLINS & CO., 117 MAIDEN-LANE.
W. E. Dean, Printer.
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW-YORK, 38.
E IT REMEMBERED, That on the 3rd day of December, A. D. 1829, in the fifty fourth year of the independence of the United States of America, J. & J. HARPER, of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right wherect they claim as Proprietors, in the words following, to wit:
"Dr. Blair's Lectures on Rhetoric, abridged. With Questions."
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled "An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned." And also to an Act, entitled "An Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled an Act for the encourage. ment of Learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."
FREDERICK I. BETTS, Clerk of the Southern District of New-York.
THE want of a system of Rhetoric upon a concise plan, and at an easy price, will, it is presumed, render this little volume acceptable to the public. To collect knowledge, which is scattered over a wide extent, into a small compass, if it has not the merit of originality, has at least the advantage of being useful. Many, who are terrified at the idea of travelling over a ponderous volume in search of information, will yet set out on a short journey in pursuit of science with alacrity and profit. Those, for whom the following essays are principally intended, will derive peculiar benefit from the brevity with which they are conveyed. To youth, who are engaged in the rudiments of learning; whose time and attention must be occupied by a variety of subjects; every branch of science should be rendered as concise as possible. Hence the attention is not fatigued, nor the memory overloaded.
That the knowledge of Rhetoric forms a very material part of the education of a polite scholar must be universally allowed. Any attempt, therefore, however imperfect, to make so useful an art more generally known, has claim to that praise which is the reward of good intention. With this the editor will be sufficiently satisfied; since being serviceable to others is the most agreeable method of becoming contented with ourselves.
The arrangement of the questions, as in this edition, is evidently more convenient, than the plan of placing them at the close of the lecture, the end of the book, or in a separate pamphlet.