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.
And do not saw the air too much with your hand thus : but use all gently ; for in the
very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, whirl wind of your passion, you must
acquire and beget a temperence that may give it smoothness. Oh ! it offends me
... because, if the ministers, after having felt the pulse of the Parliament, which
they can*always soon do, resolve upon any measures, they have generally time
enough .before the new elections come on, to give the people proper information,
Besides, did our inquiries succeed ever so happily, the very subject itself is
always enough to give me pain. That, replied I, seems a paradox indeed. It is not,
said he, from any prejudice which I have conceived against it ; for to man I
esteem it ...
And when every thing is agreed, we must give each other a bond to be held fast
to the bargain. SIR JOHN. To be sure. A bond by all means! a bond, or whatever
you please. STERL. I should have thought of more conditions ; he is in a humour
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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).