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ELOCUTION, DEPARTMENT OF PREPARATORY STUDY IN THEOLOGY. [By the
Author of the present volume.] The preceding observations will, no
doubt, be received with that full weight of effect, which justly
belongs to the sources from which they come. Nor would the author
feel disposed to present his own thoughts on the subject, were it
not for the necessity of meeting objections such. as he hears
frequently offered to the systematic study of elocution, as-either
unnecessary or injurious. A teacher in the department of elocution,
lias to communicate with minds under every variety of impression on
the subject of culture. He meets, occasionally, with students whose
lack of self-confidence, and even of a just self-reliance, leads
them to despair of effecting anything in the way of successful
cultivation, even after the most resolute and persevering
exertions, He finds, sometimes, on the other hand, those whose
self-esteem induces a perfect satisfaction with their habitual
manner, be it what it may, and who are confident that they need
little aid from from any source but what is within themselves. He
sees, perhaps, one individual who has formed an undue estimation of
mere tuition and preparatory training, and who evidently expects
too much from such aids, and sub jects himself too passively to
mere processes; and another who, from superficial attention to the
merits of the ques tion, or from prejudice or whim, contemns
cultivation, as a thing wholly supererogatory, or necessarily
artificial and false, or, at best, but mechanical and external, An
instructor has therefore to urge, on some minds, the value and
importance of the processes of culture in this department of
education, and to dwell on things familiar or self-evident to other
minds. The objections to systematic training i...
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