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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... so dull as Dot to distinguish a palace from a caravansary ? Sir, says the
Dervise, give me leave to ask your majesty a E question or two. Who were the
persons;that lodged in this The Dervise Spectator.
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
SIR JOHN. True : But you have another daughter, sir— STERL. Well? / SIR JOHN
. Who has obtained the most absolute dominion over my heart. I have already
declared my passion to her ; nay, Miss Sterling herself is also apprised of it, and if
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 eighty ...
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,
the whole ...
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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).