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Page Sect. I. This quality explained and exemplified .....226 Sect. II. The principal offences against brevity considered ....

235 Part 1. Tautology

. 236 Part II. Pleonasm .

240 Part III. Verbosity

246 CHAP. III. Of vivacity as depending on the arrangement of

the words ..
Sect. I. Of the nature of arrangement, and the principal

division of sentences Sect. II. Simple sentences

268 Sect. III. Complex sentences

293 Part I. Subdivision of these into periods and loose sentences ib. Part II. Observations on periods, and on the use of an

tithesis in the composition of sentences. 300 Part III. Observations on loose sentences

319 Part IV. Review of what has been deduced above in regard to arrangement ..

- 322 CHAP. IV. Of the connectives employed in combining the parts of a sentence

324 Sect. I. Of conjunctions ..

326 Sect. II. Of other connectives

337 Sect. III. Modern languages compared with Greek and

Latin, particularly in regard to the compo-
sition of sentences

353 CHAP. V. Of the connectives employed in combining the sentences in a discourse

361 Sect. I. The necessity of connectives for this purpose - 362 Sect. II. Observations on the manner of using the connectives in combining sentences.

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Purity, of which I have treated at some length in the two preceding chapters, may justly be denomi

grammatical truth. : ,It consisteth in the conformity of the expression to the sentiment which the Speaker or the writer intends to convey by it, as mo. ral truth consisteth in the conformity of the sentimens intended to be conveyed, to the sentiment actually entertained by the speaker or the writer; and logical truth, as was hinted above, in the conformity of the sentiment to the nature of things. The opposite to logical truth, is properly error; to moral truth, a fie

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Vol. II.

Of the qualities of style strictly rbetorical.

to grammatical truth, a blunder. Now the only standard by wbich the conformity implied in grammatic truth must be ascertained in every language, is, as bath been evinced already *, reputable, national, and present use, in that language.

But it is with the expression as with the sentiment, it is not enough to the orator that both be true... A sentence may be a just exhibition, according to the rules of the language, of the thought intended to be conveyed by it, and may therefore, to a mere grammarian, be unexceptionable ; which to an orator may appear extremely faulty. It may, nevertheless, be obscure, it may be languid, it may be inelegant, it may be flat, it may be unmusical. It is not ultimately the justness either of the thought or of the expression, which is the aim of the orator; but it is a certain effect to be produced in the hearers. This effect as he purposeth to produce in them by the use of language, which he makes the instrument of conveying his sentiments into their minds, he must take care in the first place that his style be perspicuous, that so he may be sure of being understood. If he would not only inform the understanding, but please the imagination, he must add the charms of vivacity and elegance, corresponding to the two sources from which, as was observed in the beginning of this work t, the merit of an address of this kind results. By vivacity,

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• Vol. I. Book II. Chap. I.

+Ib. Book I. Chap. I.

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