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MENTAL AND VOCAL PHILOSOPHY:
INVOLVING THE PRINCIPLES OF
READING AND SPEAKING;
FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND CULTIVATION
BOTH BODY AND MIND,
IN ACCORDANCE WITY THE
NATURE, USES, AND DESTINY OF MAN:
TWO OR THREE HUNDRED CHOICE ANECDOTES;
BY PROF. BRONSON, A. M., M. D.
SPEECHES, WHICH ARE COPS-RIGHTED.
LOUISVILLE, KY.: MORTON & GRISWOLD.
THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF THIS SYSTEM. Some years ago, the Author was extensively engaged as a Public Speaker and, in consequence of the habit of speaking, principally, with the muscles of ine throat and breast, he finally broke down,-falling senseless, after speaking about an hour and a half: that was followed by a protracted illness; during which, he providentially discovered the Causes, and also the Remedies, of the disa ficulties under which he had labored; and now, for months in succession, by the aid of these principles, he often speaks from six to ten hours a day, without the least inconvenience: the principal cause of which is, that the effort is made from the dorsal and abdominal region. Few are aware of the comprehensive nature of the principles here partially unfolded ; and probably the Author would now be in a similar state, had it not been for the teachings afforded by children and Indians. To secure a perfectly healthy distribution of the vital fluids throughout the body, and a free and powerful activity of the mind, there must be a full and synchronous action in the brain, the lungs, and the viscera of the abdomen; the soul operating, naturally, on the dorsal and abdominal muscles, and thus setting in motion the whole body.
That he was the first to teach the specific use of those muscles, for a healthy breathing, and the exercise of the vocal organs, as well as blowing on wind instruments for hours together, without injury, he has not the least doubt; and, if any person will produce evidence to the contrary, from any medical writer, or teacher of elocution, previous to 1830, he shall be handsomely rewarded. The time is fast approaching, when this, and its kindred subjects, will be duly ap. preciated; and it will be seen and felt, that without a practical knowledge of these important principles, no one can become a successful speaker, or teacher: and the opinion is advisedly expressed, that they will produce as great a revolution in regard to the promotion of health, the art of reading and speaking with science and effect, and the perfect development and cultivation of mind, voice, and ear,-as the discovery of the mariner's compass, or the invention of the steam engine, in navigation, manufacture, and travel ;-and, to be the medium of introducing such a system, by which so many thousands have been greatly benefited, and hundreds of lives saved, is the occasion of devout gratitude to the INFINITE AUThor of all that is good and trug.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1845, by C. P. Bronson,
In the Clerk's office for the District Court of Kentucky.
Printed by Morton & Griswold, Louisville, Ky
1. Every Art, and Science, has its Externals, | up the Body, with the materials, furnished by the and its Interals, ils Generals and Particulars; external world. The Soul is the architect, and wluch must be understood Analytically, and Syn
the body ils the tically, if we would practice either successful.
workmanship. ly. The Internals of Elocution, are Thoughts
Here is a good an Feelings, and its Externals comprise all that
representation of is addressed to our five senses : its Generals are
this Miod and Boily, with their various Languages,
mass, which is a or modes of manifestation. Comparatively. Lan
kind of brain, guage—is the 'Tune, Body-the Instrument, and
(or Series of Alind-the Performer : hence, the necessity of
brain.) that preberoming acquainted, theoretically and practi
sides over those cally, with their NATURES, Relations and Uses.
glands, or work2. As the subjects of Mind and LANGUAGE,
shops, that take are partially unfolded in the following work, in
charge of the this part, something must be said of the Body,
food, digestil, the harp of ten thousand strings : particularly in
and watch over regard to struciure, pos.lion, and the organs to be
its changes, till used for the production and modification of
it is made into sounds, in Speech and Song: also of Gestures,
blood, and then or Actions; illustrated by appropriate Engravings,
appropriated 10 wh .ch may be imitated by the Pupil, for the pur
the Lody. "The pose of bringing the Body into subjection to the
nervous centre, Maxl; without, however, any reference to spe.
called Semilunar e fic Recitations,-lest he should become artifi
Ganglion and So cial instead of natural.
las Plexus, may 3. The more we contemplate Man, the more
be seen at a. a, a, we see and feel the truth, that he is a MICROCOSM
a; it is situated indeed; a minature-world.-an abstract of crea
under the diaUon.-an epitome of the universe,--a finite repre
phragm ind partsentation of the InfinITE DEITY! Well saith the
ly behind the les then motto, " Ksow THYSELF!" and the poet
stomach: other * THIE PROPER STUDY OF MAXKIND—Is Max."
subordinate cena and it may truly be said, that there is nothing
tres may be seen in the Mineral, Vegetable and Animal Kingdoms,
at e, e, e, e; also that cannot be found, essentially, in the human
in other places, body; and nothing in the world of Mind, that is
that need not be not shadowed forth in his spiritual nature: hence,
designated, the grandeur, the magnificence-of our suljects,
they are very aud our objects.
numerous: these 4. The three grand essentials of the Body pro
centres are like per, are the Osseus, or bony system, which fixes
miner posts in a its form, and gives it stability: the Muscular, or
state, or kingfleshy system, which is designed to act on the
dom. At i 18 Otseus; and Nervous system, acting on the Mus
seen a pair of cular: while the Mind, acis on and through the chords, called trisplanchnic nerves: and al 0.0, Nervous; receiving its life and power from Him, are seen other nerves, with their little brains, or who is emphatically "THE LIFE:"' thus, we can centres, where they come together, forming a line look through Nature, up to Nature's God. 05- along the spine, from the bottom of the chest, 18 serve, the Analytical course is from outerinosis to the top of the neck. From thus large collection innermosts, from effects to causes; and the Syn- of Organic Nerves, others proceed to every pan. thetical progress from innermosis to outermosis ; of the syslem, writing in smaller centres, and or from causes to effects.
forming ganglions in the palms of the hands, 5. NERVES OF ORGANIC LIFE. Every thing balls of the fingers, &c. Our Astronomical sysmust have a beginning: and nothing is made per- tem is called the Solar System, because the Sun fect at once. Now in the body, there is a cer- is its centre, watching over our planets; so), on tain porton, called Nerves of Organic Life; be these nervous centres of the grand and smaller cause they are the first formed, and constitute departments of our miniature-universe. Owing the grand medium, through which the soul builds 1 to the intimate connection of these werves with