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For more on Forrest's relationship to elocutionists, see Alfred Ayres, Acting and Actors, Elocution and Elocutionists: A Book About Theater Folk and Theater Art (New York: D.
As Merritt Caldwell, a prominent elocutionist, suggested, the study and practice of elocution provides "a theoretical knowledge .
Thelwall's work on elocution, more so than that of elocutionists like Thomas Sheridan, John Walker and Benjamin Smart (discussed by Mugglestone), lets us see how this idea might work in a British context, because it represents a moment at which the aesthetic concerns of romanticism both organize and are generated out of a project that is obsessed with the production of "natural" expression, not just in poetry, as in Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads, but in the enunciative and gestural qualities of actual people--that is, quite literally at the level of the subject.
As an elocutionist, though, Thelwall had cast off politics, and in fact the entire project of elocution was based on the notion of an apparently apolitical subject integrated into moral and aesthetic norms that held for all men regardless of class.
The whole episode raises interesting questions, not only about Sarah Siddons's activities in quasi-retirement, but also about the way in which the profession of elocutionist was taking shape.
Essentially he found employment as 'the accredited Elocutionist to the largest and most celebrated Institutions in London'.