The Speaker, or, Miscellaneous pieces: selected from the best English writers, and disposed under proper heads, for the improvement of youth in reading and speaking : to which is prefixed, an essay on elocution
John Bioren & Thomas DeSilver, 1808 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 400 pages
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CHAP. 'I. THEDERVISE. A DERVISE travelling through Tartary, being arrived -at
the town of Balk, went into the king's palace by mistake, as thinking it to be a -
public inn or caravansary. Having looked about him for some time, he entered in-
CHAP. II. ON CHEERFULNESS. I HAVE always preferred Cheerfulness to Mirth.
The latter I consider as an act, the former as a habit of the mind. Mirth is short and
transient, cheerfulness fixed and permanent. Those are often raised into the ...
CHAP. HI. ON SINCERITY. TRUTH and sincerity have ail the advantages of
appearance and many more. If the shew of any thing be good for any thing, I am
sure the reality is better ; for why does any man dissemble, or seem to be that
CHAP. VII. ON THE ADVANTAGES OF UNITING GENTLENESS OF MANNERS
WITH FIRMNESS OF MIND. I MENTIONED to you, some time ago, a sentence,
which I would most earnestly wish you always to retain in your thoughts, and ...
CHAP. XI. HAMLET'S INSTRUCTIONS TO THE PLAYERS. SPEAK the speech, I
pray you, as I pronounced it to you trippingly on the tongue." But if you mouth it as
many of our players 9b, I had lieve the town crier had spoke my lines. And do ...
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This reader was initially published as a British reader, and then imported to America. According to Henry W. Simon, it was first published in America in Philadelphia in 1799. He was unaware of this second American printing. There is also another printing -- from New York in 1812 -- of which he too was unaware. Thus far, these are the only three American printings of which I am aware. In a visit to the Harvard archives, I noticed in their records that the Institute of 1770, an early literary society there, often read aloud from Enfield in their meetings in the 1770s and 1780s (though this would have been a British version of the text, not the American one depicted here).