The first of these two chapters appeared long since in the Atlantic Monthly (ix. And was afterwards included in the author's volume entitled Atlantic Essays. Teachers have several times urged that it should be separately printed as a little manual of literary composition; and I have indeed seen it used for that purpose in a college class-room. Now that similar suggestions are beginning to be made as to the other brief essay, Hints on Speech making, it has seemed well to present the two together in a small volume. The last named paper appeared first in Harper's for November, 1886; and it is here reprinted with the consent of the.