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 Speech of Brutus on the Death of * Caesar Shakspeare 183 ^.431pucester's
Speeth to the Noble«, ibid. 1$4 BOOK VI. DIALOGUES. On Happiness Harris 186
The same subject ibid. 191 On Criticism Sterne 18.6 On Negroes ibid.
... books of memory ; Razing the characters of your renown, Defacing monuments
of conquer'd France, Undoing all, as all had never been. SHAKSPEARE. BOOK
VI. CHAP, t, ON HAPPINESS. IT was at a ORATIONS AND HARANGUES. 185.
SHAKSPEARE,. CHAP. XIII. HAMLET AND HORATI0. HOR. HAIL to your
Lordship ! HAM. I am glad to see you well, Horatio ! < or I do forget myself. HOR.
The same, my Lord, and your poor servant ever. 220 DIALOGUES. /^ "HaoHet
... for some strong purpose, steel'd The hearts of men, they must perforce have
melted, And barbarism itself have pitied him, But Heaven hath a hand in these
events, To whose high will we bound our calm contents. SHAKSPEARE,. CHAP.
... Thou hast neither heat, affection, limb, nor bounty, To make thy riches pleasant.
What's yet in thu That bears the name of life P yet in this life Lie hid more
thousand deaths ; yet death we fear, That makes these odds all even.
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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).