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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The Patricians are at the head of the enterprize. The city is abundantly provided
with men, arms, and all things necessary. There is nothing wanting ts secure the
success, if our own courage does not fail us* Can all those warriors, who have ...
And, besides the disadvantages which are common to me with all others in
eminent stations, my case is, in this respect, peculiarly hard; that, whereas a
commander of Patrician rank, if he is guilty of a neg- glect, or breach of duty, has
his great ...
Besides, I am well aware, my countrymen, that the eye of the public is upon me ;
and that, though the impartial, who prefer the real advantage of the
commonwealth to all other considerations, favour my pretensions, the Patricians
want nothing ...
Suppose it were enquired of the fathers of such Patricians as Albinus and Bes- tia
, whether, if they. had their choice, they would desire sons of their character, or
mine ; what would they answer, but that they should wish the worthiest to be their
now, my countrymen, the injustice of the Patricians. They arrogate to themselves,
honours on account of the exploits done by their forefathers, whilst they will not
allow me the due praise for performing the very same sort of actions in my own ...
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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).