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BY C. P. BRON^ON, A. M., M. D.







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
the 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 dif-
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 in-
struments 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 revo-
lution 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 true.


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1845, by C. P. Brobtson,
In the Clerk's office for the District Court of Kentucky.

Stereotyped by J. A. James, Cincinnati.
Printed by Morton & Griswold, Louisville, Ky

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Testimonials and References. Ition, combined with other causes, oroduccd bronchi

Five classes were formed in the Academical de-| tis > from w ' lich l nave Deen suffering more than 18
partmcnt of Yale College, and three in the Theolog- months-. By your directions, 1 can speak and sing

ical Department. The following is an extract from
the testimonials of the latter:

Resolved, That we consider his system exceeding-
ly well adapted to develop and train the voice, and
give expression to the passions ; and we believe it
calculated to promote the health of public speakers.
Being persuaded that we have derived essential ad
vantage from his instructions, we hereby express
our thanks for the assiduity and skill with which he
has directed us in our practice, and most cordially
recommend him to the patronage of all who would
cultivate their voices witii a view to public speakin.

Extract — From Professors of Princeton College
and Theological Seminary, N.J. — We have had good
opportunities for witnessing the success of Mr Bron
son. His method of using the organs of speech with
most advantage, is preferable to any we have known
He is distinguished from other teachers of elocution
by the fact, that instead of trying to impart his own
style of declamation, he aims at cultivating the voice
and then leaves the pupil to nature.

Extract. — From the Rev. Mr. Bingham, Marietta,
O. to Professor Stuart, Andover, Mass. — " Will you
permit u.e to introduce to your acquaintance, Prof.
Bronson, a popular and successful Lecturer on Elo-
cution. He has been for some time past, lecturing
to the Professors and students in this College. As
a Lecturer on Elocution I have never seen his supe-
rior. Our Professors, who have been under the in
struction of Dr Barber, say the same. lie has made
his subject one of very thorough study — and, what
is best of all, he has studied Nature

Extract — From the Facultv of Marietta College,
Ohio. — " Prof. Bronson has just closed a very suc-
cessful course of instruction on Elocution in thi;
6titution. The principles which he teaches appear
to be founded on a philosophical view of man. His
illustrations are copious and pertinent; and in his la-
bors to train the voice and develop and cultivate
the affections and passions he is indefatigable. His
whole course of instruction is marked by a rigid
deference to Natnre, and is truly simple and unaf-
fected. We take pleasure in recommending him to
an intelligent community.

Prop Bronson is a gentleman of much original
ity of thought, extensive reading and remarkable
powers. His Lectures, beyond the charm of novel-
ty, are very interesting. — Albany Evening Journal.
We warmly recommend Prof. Bronson's reading
and recitations to the attention of all those who are
partial to effectual and powerful elocution. They
are an excellent substitute for dramatic exhibitions
— Daily Signal, N. Y

We feel anxious that a knowledge of Mr. Bronson's
pecular views should be extended, believing them
Mghly important, not only in juvenile education,
but to the professional speaker. — National Gazette,

Prof. Bronson's new theory in relation to the sci-
ence of Elocution, is, in our judgment, founded in
truth, the author being a practical illustration of the
soundness of his doctrine. — Oneida Whig, (Utica)
N. Y.

From the Philadelphia Daily World.
We render no more than justice in pronouncing
Prof Bronson's Recitations the best we ever heard.
His recitation of " The Maniac, " by Lewis, was
terrific. We never before saw confirmed, hopeless
raving insanity so thorougly counterfeited by any
actor. In the course of his recitations he explains
his discoveries (for such they are,) in Elocution

From the Rev. Mr. Cook, of Hartford, Conn ,
who received only twelve lessons.

Pro?. Bronson — Dear Sir — My Physician, Dr.
Sherwood, of N. Y., directed me to you for aid in
recovering the use of my voice. A habit of speaking
solely with the muscles of my breast and throat,
attributable in part at least to Dr. Barbers instruc-

freely without irritating my throat. My voice has
its natural tone and compass ; and I have the de-
lightful prospect of soon resuming my accustomed

" Professor Bronson's Recitations are the best we
ever heard." — National Intelligencer.

Prof Bronson's Lectures and Recitations, have
given universal delight.— -Louisville Journal.

" The Recitations of Mr. Bronson. are almost per-
fect-" — Baltimore Atheneum and Visitor.

" Mr. Bronson's success has been most com pie te.
— U. S. Gazette.

" Mr. B. exhibits with surprising ease and power
the wonderful capabilities of the human voice, and
illustrates convincingly the practibility and impor-
tance of cultivating its powers. — Teachers, public
speakers, and the youth of both sexes, should avail
themselves of this opportunity.'' — Newark Adv.

" His superior as a speaker, we have yet to meet,
eitherat the bar, in the pulpit, or on the floor of a
legislative body." — Ohio Stale Journal, Columbus.

A lady, (Mi's. G. of Boston,) says — "Having been
much injured by tight lacing when very young and
also by keeping in a bent position at school for years,
I was bent forward in such a manner as to suppose
I was afflicted with permanent distortion of the spine.
Still I resolved 10 join the class, and prove the truth
or falsehood of professor B's. predictions, that I
should become straight by faithfully attending to
the principles. In a few days 1 was restored.''

Extract — Letter from a distinguished lady in
Boston. -'Prof. Bronson ; Sir — I wish to express to
you my grateful acknowledgements for the great
benefit I nave received from your system. I have
for many years been afflicted with extreme weakness
of the lungs, which fatigue, either in exercise, con-
versation or reading, produced not only hoarseness,
but loss of voice I have found, upon trial, my ex-
pectations more than realized. I can now, with per-
fect ease, converse, or read aloud, hour after hour
without the least fatigue.

At the close of his Lectures in the Apollo, the
following resolution was unanimously adopted by a
crowded house of ticket-holders :

Resolved, That the thanks of the members of this
meeting be presented to Prop. Bronson for his
successful efforts (in connection with Mr. F. H.
Nash, his Assistant,) to interest, amuse and instruct
them. They conclude, by expressing their high ad-
miration of Prof Bronson's sincerity, zeal and abi-
lity in the cause of truth and humanity, and tende-
ring to him their best wishes, that success and
prosperity may attend him in his noble and gene-
rous enterprise. AMOS BELDEN, Chairman.

E. Parmly, Secretary-*'

At a meeting of the Classes, the Rev. Chahlks
G. Sommers, Chairman, and Dr Amos Johnson,
Secretary, the following Resolution was unani-
mously adopted :

Resolved, That the Ladies and Gentlemen, who
have attended a series of Lessons and Lectures, by
Prof. Bronson, on Elocution, Music and Physiolo-
gy, feel great pleasure in expressing their high
sense of his urbanity, uncompromising regard for
truth, as the basis of Religion and sound Philoso-
phy ; as well as their entire belief that his method
of imparting knowledge is as natural and interest-
ing, as it is novel; and that it is admirably calcula-
ted to promote the health of the Body, and the im-
provement of the Mind. The Classes desire also to
express their indebtedness to Mr. Nash, Prof. B.'s
accomplished Associate, whose critical knowledge
of Vocal Science, so happily connected with un-
usual Melody and Power of Voice, eminently quej-
fies him for an Instructor in Music.


In this work, the Author has given some of the results of his study and
practice, in the department of Mental and Vocal Philosophy, for the last
fifteen years. Persons, who are familiar with the subjects discussed, can
see how much he is indebted to books, and how much to investigation and
experience. Whatever is good and true in it, belongs to all ; for it is
from above. If there be anything false and evil, the Author holds him-
self responsible for it. His endeavor has been, to furnish a book, which
may be useful to every one. He believes that a greater variety will be
found in this, than in any other work on the subject ; — a variety, too, which
will induce deep and careful thinking, and right feeling ; and which tends
directly, to the end in view, to wit : the development and application, of
those principles of Mind and Voice, which the Author has been engaged
in practicing and teaching, in our principal towns and cities, and Institutions
of Learning : notices of which may be seen among the accompanying tes-

This work is an abridgment of what the Author has written, in three
connected, yet separate volumes, as yet unpublished, embracing the sub-
jects of Body and Mind, their natures, relations, and destinies : the work,
next in order, is Physiology and Psychology, which, it is expected, will
be published the coming year.

One reason why no more quotations are made from the Bible is, that the
Sacred Volume is nearly ready for

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