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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VIJ SIR JOHN MELVIL AND STERLING. STERL. WHAT are your commands with
me, Sir John? - SIR JOHN. After having carried the negociation between our
families to so great a length, after having assented so readily to all your
STERL. Why, did not you tell me, but a moment ago, it was absolutely impossible
for you to marry my daughter ? ... I have already declared my passion to her ; nay,
Miss Sterling herself is also apprised of it, and if you will but give a sanction to ...
Sterl. What advantage can your inconstancy be to me, Sir John ? Sir John. I will
tell you, sir, You know that by the articles at present subsisting between us, on the
day of my marriage with Miss Sterling, you agree to pay down the gross sum of ...
STERL. Why, to do you justice, Sir John, there is something fair and open in your
proposal ; and since I find you do not mean to put an affront upon the fami- ly '
SIR JOHN. Nothing tyas ever farther from my thoughts, Mr Sterling. And after all ...
STERL. Harkee, Sir John ! — Not a word of the thirty thousand to my sister, Sir
John. Sir JOHN. O, I am dumb, I am dumb, sir. STERL. You remember it is thirty
thousand, SIR JOHN. To be sure I do. STERL. But, Sir John '! one thing more.
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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).