Elocution, generally speaking, signifies the selecling and adapting of words and sentences, to the things or sentiments intend-ed, to be expressed. It is also used to denote the just and graceful management of the voice, countenance, and gesture, when speaking: in which sense it is synoni-mous with what is variously called a good delivery, eloquence, or the art of speaking and writing with accuracy, elegance, and perspicuity. True eloquence depends principally on the vivacity of the imagination ; for it not only communicates grace and ornament, but also life and motion to discourse. It would be deviating from' our plan, to specify the various component parts of elocution, viz. emphasis, pauses, tones, etc. we must, therefore, refer the reader to Mr. Sheridan's '* Lectures on Elocu-tion," (8vo. 7s.) and to Mr. Walker's " Elements of Elocution," (8vo. 2 vols. 12s.) in the latter of which, in particular, he will find excellent and perspicuous rules concerning this subject. - Many pertinent observations on the elocution or eloquence of the bar, are contained in the elegant work, in-titled, "The Study and the Practice of. the Law considered in their various relations to Society," (8vo. 6s.) - Some judicious remarks on the eloquence of the pulpit, in this country, occur in an essay on this subject, prefixed to "Select Ser-mons," translated from the French of BOSSUET (12mo. 3s.) and which, it is supposed, come from the elegant pen of Mr. JERN INGHAM.
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