1808.029: The Virginian Orator.

Published: 1808

Full Title: The Virginian orator: being a variety of original and selected poems, orations and dramatic scenes, to improve the American youth in the ornamental and useful art of eloquence & gesture by Thomas E. Birch.

Author: Birch, Thomas Erskine (1763-1821).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Samuel Pleasants

Description: 352 pgs.; 17 cm (12mo).


Birch was an English émigré, who fled Britain during the Revolutionary War, made his way to Virginia, and became a noted educator and Methodist minister in Wythe County; as text here notes, this publication was designed to advance school-children's oratorical skills. Birch offered to publish a second part of his Virginia Orator (The Republican Speaker) in the Introduction here [p. iv], but four years later he was still promoting this work, indicating that additional work had failed to find sufficient support for publication.

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