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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 WITE THE
NATURE, USES, AND DESTINY OF MAN:
TWO OR THRIZ-KUNDRED CHOICS ANECDOTES ;
BY PROF. BRONSON, A. M., M. D.
SPEECHES, WHICH ARE COPI-RIGIITED.
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 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 bc 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, ag öns 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 INPINITE AUTHOR of all that is GOOD and TRUE.
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.
1. Every Art, and SCIENCE, has its Externals, , up the Budy, with the materials, furnished is the and its Iniernals, its Generals and Particulars; external world. The Soul is the architect, and wirich must be understood Analytically, and Syn
the body its thetically, if we would practice either successful
workmanship. 17. The Internals of Elocution, are Thoughts
Here is a good ax Feelings, and its Externals comprise all that is addressed to our five senses : its Generals are
this nervous Mind and Body, with their various Languages, or modes of manifestation. Comparatively, Lan
mass, which is a
kind of brain, guage is the Tune, Body-the Instrument, and
(or series of Mind-the Performer : hence, the necessity of
brain,) that prebecoming 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, digestit, the harp of ten thousand strings : particularly in
and watch over regard to structure, position, 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 Gestores,
blood, and then or Actions; illustrated by appropriate Engravings,
appropriated to wh ch may be imitated by the Pupil, for the pur
the body. The pose of bringing the Body into subjection to the
nervous centre, Mii.d; without, however, any reference to spe
called Semilunar eific Recitations,-lest he should become artifi
Ganglion and So cia , instead of natural.
lar Plexus, may 3. The more we contemplate Max, 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 miniature-world,-an abstract of crea
under the diation, an epitome of the universe,-a finite repre.
phragm and partsentation of the INFINITE DEITY! Well saith the
ly behind the heathen motto," KNOW THYSELF!" and the poet
stomach: other “THE PROPER STUDY OF MANKIND-18 Man."
subordinate cenAnd 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 got shadowed forth in his spiritual pature: hence,
designated, the grandeur, the magnificence-of our subjects,
they are very and 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 king. fleshy system, which is designed to act on the
dom. Ali, in Osseus; and Nervous system, acting on the Mus.
seen a pair of cular: while the Mind, acts on and through the chords, callid trisplanchnic nerves: and at o, o, Nervous ; receiving its life and power from Him, are seen other nerves, with their little brains, or who is emphatically " THE LIFE:" tkus, we can centres, where they corne together, forming a line look through Nature, up to Nacure's God. Ob- along the spire, from the bottom of the chest, 10 serve, the Analytical course is from outermosts the top of the neck. From this large collection to innermosts, from effects to causes; and the of Organic Nerves, others proceed to every pan Synthetical progress from innermosts to outer of the system, uniting in smaller centres, and mosts; or from causes to effects.
forming ganglions in the palms of the hands, 5. NERVES OF ODGANIC LIFE. Every thing balls of the fingers, &c. Our Astronomical sysmust have a beginning: and nothing is made per- tern 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, of tain portion, called Nerves of Organic Life; be- these nervous centres of the grand and smajer cause they are the first formed, and constitute departments of our miniature-universe. Owing the grand medium, through which the soul builds to the intimate connertion of these nerves with