Mr. Ogilvie is engaged in delivering a course of lectures on elocution, at Washington. His first discourse was pronounced on Thursday week last, in the hall of the representatives, and was attended by almost the whole delegation of congress, besides a numerous bevy of ladies. The Intelligencer speaks in raptures of his sublimity and enthusiasm. – Boston Gazette.
COMMENT: James Ogilvie (1760-1820) was a very well-known teacher of elocution — the art of effective public speaking. Born in Scotland, he came to America where he became famous both for his lectures, and later for a book “Philosophical Essays” (1816) that he wrote on the subject. As this brief article indicates, he seems to have attracted in his audiences almost everyone in Washington who had need to address the public convincingly. He became a friend of Thomas Jefferson and tutored his grandson. He was, however, a drug addict, and about 1817 returned to Scotland, where he committed suicide in 1820.
A Lost Piece of Wood
A piece of logwood was left at H. & E. Phinney’s Bookstore some time last winter. — The owner can have it by calling for it.