Excerpt from The Princeton Review, Vol. 15: April, 1843
Endeavour to render your voice at the same time distinct, strong, sonorous, and ﬂexible this can be attained only by long practice. Labour to acquire the mastery of your voice. He who possesses this faculty will find resources even in a refractory voice, and will produce great effects, with little fatigue. But most public speakers are the slaves of their voice they do not govern it, so much as it governs them. In this case, even though it has the most precious qualities, it is but a rebellious instrument. No one need fear any injury to the chest from those daily exercises which are necessary in order thus to subdue and discipline the voice. If moderate, they will on the contrary strengthen it; and experienced physicians recommend recitation and singing to persons of delicate habit. The most favourable time for these exercises, is an hour or two after a meal the stomach should be neither full nor empty.
After the care of the voice comes that of pronunciation. There is a natural pronunciation; by which I mean that utterance of the elements of. Speech which is common to all languages; and there is a conventional pronunciation, or that which each nation adopts for the words of its own tongue.
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