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SYSTEM of RHETORIC,
the Classics, both poetical and historical.
ELEMENTS of ORATORY,
Briefly stated, and fitted
Of the united Kingdoms of
Collection of Speeches from the best
By JOHN HOL ME S.
DU B L I N ;
IT would enlarge this Preface beyond its due
bounds, to attempt to prove the advantage of e Rhetorical System in general, in order to a right understanding of the classics. I shall therefore only briefly acquaint the reader, what laws I preferibed to myself, and have Arictly observed in this com position, so far as it is my own, (the Latin definitions being mostly Parnaby's); and then the particular manner in which I use it.
First, I determined for method's sake in the Eng lifh Syftem, to allow a distich for every figure, which in the Latin is generally explained in one line, and Sometimes less : because our language being not to concise as the Latin, could not in fo few words give, in an intelligible and easy turn of expressioning a full and exact definition of the figure, its nature and ufe; with such observations, as is fometimes equalling necessary with the very definition.
Next I resolved, that the name of the figure should begin the distich, or have only a monosyllable before it : because, had it been placed in the middle or end of the first, or any part of the second line, it is certain the memory might not be able immediately to ree collect the beginning of the definition : whereas now,