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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Did Michael Cassio, when you woo'd my Ladj, Know of your love ? OTH. He did,
from first to last ; why dost thou ask ? IAGO. But for a satisfaction of my thougktt
No farther harm. OTH. Why of thy thought, Iago ? IAGO. I did not think he'd been ...
For Michael Cassio, 1 dare be sworn, I think, that he is honest. OTH. I think so too.
iago. Men should be what they seem ; Or, those that be not, would they might
seem knaves, OTH. Certain ! men should be what they seem. IAGO. Why, then I ...
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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).