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    Edward Everett Hale (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... which will make it fluent, embodied, convincing. But you will find it worth while to take the trouble. In these briefs you want first, in an introduction, to state the question and the reasons for considering it. Then in the main part of the brief you will put the argument, not merely noting heads, but stating each point fully enough to give the idea to one not already acquainted with it. State it in the form of a regular sentence, as, for example, to take an instance used before (p. 333): Refutation. 1. The argument that the United States should control the telegraph because Great Britain and other nations do so is not conclusive: for The United States differs from the nations in question in points affecting the matter. (a) The United States has developed chiefly through private enterprise. (b) The United States is opposed to the existence of a large office-holding class. (c) The United States government has only such powers as are delegated by the Constitution. This illustration is a piece of refutation. Refutation may be given a place by itself in the brief, but if you have but a bit here and a bit there it may find its place in connection with the different parts of the positive argument. After the argument pro and con has been stated you may try in your conclusion to summarize the reasoning. 110. The Canons of Rhetoric. Lastly, what is to be said about our general principles? Which is of the most importance here? Or it may be simpler to inquire which is of the least. It is on the whole not so important to think of Variety and Selection: of more importance are Sequence and Proportion, and, I suppose, Connection and Unity come first. But no one of these canons is of such importance as in Narration or Description, chiefly because of the different effect usuall...
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