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THE FIRST AND SECOND EDITIONS OF
VANDENHOFF'S SYSTEM OF ELOCUTION
having been exhausted, a Third Edilion is now published, considerably enlarged, under the title of “The Art of ELOCUTION.” The Publisher is happy in presenting, from among many others, the following high testimonials to the merits of the work :
From the Rev. R. T. HUDDART, (Classical Academy, Houston street.)
It affords me much pleasure to add my testimony to the value, importance, and advantage of Mr. George Vandenhoff's Work on Elocution. He has aptly styled it "a plein System :" such it truly is to those who will pursue the instruction given, step by step.; and cannot fail of producing a beneficial and much wished for resuli in one of the departments of education so sadly neglected-correct reading--devoid of vulgarities, and errors in articulation and pronunciation. I hope the book will have a wide circulation, in order that the good which it is capable of effecting may be thus more extensively diffused, and a better system of instruction be afforded to the rising generation, in that which constitutes a most agreeable accomplishment in every gentleman's education, namely, “ Logical and Musical Declamation.'
(Signed) R. TOWNSEND HUDDART. New-York, March 14, 1845.
From Mrs. LAWRENCE, (Academy, Stuyvesant Place.) I have great pleasure in stating, that Mr. G. Vandenhoff's Work on Elocution has been used with so much success in my school, that I can safely recommend it to all, who may desire improvement in that elegant branch of education; as the most simple, clear, and concise treatise on the subject; and well adapted to the comprehension of any mind.
JULIA LAWRENCE March 8th, 1845.
To the Author, from John VANDENHOFF, Esq., Professor of Elocution
in the Royal Academy of Music, London. In reference to your System of Elocution, published in New-York, I am proud to recognise it as the best practical work I know on the subject.
I have made satisfactory experiments of it in my own practice; and shall make it a Text-Book, boih with my private pupils, and my Classes at the Royal Academy of Music; for which purpose send me iwo hundred copies.
I shall recommend it also to the Elocutionary Professors of our several Colleges.
(Signed) J. VANDENHOFF. 34 North Bank, 30th Sept. 1845.
From C. S. HENRY, D. D., Professor of Philosophy and History in
the University of New-York. I have the highest opinion of Mr. Vandenhoff's System of Elocution. I know of no book so well fitted for the use of learner or teacher. It possesses in an eminent degree the combination of good qualities most of all to be desired in a work of instruction--correctness of theory, simplicity and clearness of exposition, and ease of practice.
(Signed) C. S. HENRY, D.D. Professor of Philosophy and History in the
University of New-York.
From A. RICHARDSON, Esq., Principal of the Freehold Young Ladies'
Seminary. I have introduced Vandenhoff's Elocution into our Seminary, and am bighly pleased with the trial which we have thus far made of its merits, viz: the great interest which a large class of young ladies manifest in the subject of Elocution since we have introduced this work. This branch of education, hitherto one of the most uninteresting to my pupils, is now regarded as entirely the reverse.
(Signed) A. RichardSON.
From the Annual Report of the Board of Direction of the New
YORK MERCANTILE LIBRARY Association (1844.) Elocution.-Attempts have been made, in former years, to form classes in this department of education, which have proved unsuccessful. The Board, during the past year, have been enabled to interest a sufficient number of the members in the subject, to form a class which is now in operation.
The class in Reading and Oratory is under the instruction of Mr. George Vandenhoff, whose eminent qualifications are too well known to need a word of recommendation from us.
The book has also been used in Classes of Ladies in several private families, as will be seen by the following testimonials :
From JACOB LEROY, Esq., (Lafayette Place.) Mr. Vandenhoff's Treatise on Elocution has been used by a Class of Ladies at my house, and has been found in every way adapted to produce its intended effect. (Signed) JACOB LEROY.
From GEORGE Gibbs, Esq., (768 Broadway.) I take pleasure in expressing the highly favorable opinion of many friends who have seen Mr. Vandenhoff's work on Elocution, under his thoroughly analytical method of teaching.
GEORGE GIBBS. 18th March, 1845.
Notices of the Press. " It is admirably calculated for the purpose which it is designed.”— Boston Evening Gazetle.
“This is a capital work, thoroughly practical, and in every sense a good book. The exercises are very judiciously selected, and exhibit great tact and judgment. It will be found of great service to the student, in the acquisition of an art which is daily gaining ground as an essen. tial part of the education of a gentleman. We think it will even add to the already distinguished reputation of the author.”—News-Leller.
" This is an excellent work, and written by one who is fully competent to the task he has undertaken. To those who are studying Elocution, it is invaluable. To all who would acquire a good knowledge of language, and correct manner of reading and speaking, we would warmly recommend this work."— Crystal Fount.
* The directions in Mr. Vandenhoff's book are so simple, so easy of comprehension, and may be so readily practised, that there should be no mercy shown hereafter to any slovenly or negligent reader who has the means to possess himself of a copy of this excellent system.”— Broadway Journal.
" This book went to a second edition within six months of the first appearance. The author is a Professor of Elocution in the city of New. York, and any one will be convinced by reading a few pages of his work, that experience has shown him the defects which usually impair Elocution. Elocution properly embraces the subjects of articulation,