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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A rich man beginning to fall is held up of his friends : but a poor man being down
is thrutt away by his friends: when a rich man is fallen he hath many helpers ;he
speak- eth things not to be spoken, and yet men justify him : the poor man slipt ...
Admonish thy friend ; it may be he hath not done it ; and if he have, that he do it
no more. Admonish thy friend ; it may be he hath not said it ; or if he have, that he
speak not again. • Admonish a friend ; for many times it is a slander ; and believe
Particularly as to the affairs of this world, integrity hath many advantages over all
the artificial modes of dissimulation and deceit. It is much the plainer and easier,
much the safer and more secure way of dealing in the world : it has less of ...
Whereas he that acts sincerely hath the easiest task in the world ; because he
follows nature,and so is put to no trouble and care about his words and actions j
he needs not invent any pretences before-hand, nor make excuses afterwards, ...
But tho' Heav'n In every breast hath sown these early seeds Of love and
admiration, yet in vain, Without fair culture's kind parental aid, Without enlivening
suns> and genial show'rs, And shelter from the blast, in vain we hope The tender
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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).