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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In the first place true honour, though it be a different principle from religion, is that
which produces the same effects. The lines of action, though drawn from different
parts, terminate in the same point. Religion embraces virtue as it is enjoined by ...
establish any thing to themselves for a point of honour which is contrary either to
the laws of God or of their country ; who think it more honourable to -revenge than
to forgive an injury ; who make no scruple of telling a lie, but would put any man ...
They arrogate to themselves, honours on account of the exploits done by their
forefathers, whilst they will not allow me the due praise for performing the very
same sort of actions in my own person. He has no statues, they cry, of his family.
WHEN Tom, an' please your honour, got to the shop, there was no body in it, but
a poor negro girl, with a bunch of white feathers slightly tied to the end of a long
cane, flapping away flies — not hilling them. 'Tis a pretty - picture ! said my uncle
Your honour's roquelaure, replied the corporal, has not once been had on, since
the night before your honour received your wound, when we mounted guard in
the trenches before the gate of St. Nicholas ; — and besides it is so eold and
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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).