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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... stopp'd went on throbb'd stopp'd again-: iriov'd stopp'd — shall I go on ? No.
STERN £. CHAP. II. . ' YORICK's DEATH. A FEW hours before Yorick breathed
his last, Eugenius slept in with an intent to take his last sight and last farewell of
Yorick laid his hand upon his heart, and gently shook his head ; for my part,
continued Eugenius, crying bitterly as he uttered the words, 1 declare I know not,
Yorick, how to part with thee, and would gladly flatter my hopes, added Eugenius,
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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).