J.L. Bell runs down the reasons a pro-independence "oration" published in London under our very own rabblerouser's name probably wasn't actually written by him, let alone ever spoken out loud by him.
doesn't necessarily prevent effective public speaking, Diane Rehm's radio show being a prominent recent example.
It would make it hard for someone addressing a crowd without a microphone, though.
Rehm wrote beautifully about getting back on the radio after developing spasmodic dysphonia. She did a lot of therapy to control it. None of it would necessarily be beyond a man in the 18th century, although muscle relaxants and Botox is used for treatment now, as well.
Ron, I think you've been around long enough to remember Mary Lou Lord? She has it now-- retired for a few years to get treatment before she started singing again a few years ago.
He probably didn't drink beer, too.
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