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 DERVISE travelling through Tartary, being arrived -at the town of Balk, went
into the king's palace by mistake, as thinking it to be a -public inn or caravansary.
Having looked about him for some time, he entered in- 1o « long gallery, where
... nothing but royal villainy could have polluted, that 1 will pursue Lucius
Tarquinius the proud, his wicked wife, and their children, with fire and sword : nor
will I ever suffer any of that family, or of any other whatsoever, to be King in Rome
IF the 'king were present, Cleon, there would be no need of my answering to what
you have just proposed. He would himself reprove you for endeavouring to draw
him into an imitation of foreign absurdities, and for bringing envy upon him by ...
And whatever may be your way of thinking, Cleon, for my part, I wish the king may
not, for many years to come, obtain that honour. You have mentioned, as
precedents of what you propose, Reroutes and Bacchus. Do you imagine, Cleon,
By testament have given to the church,, 'Would they strip from us ; being valu'd
thus ; As much as would maintain to the King's honour,. Full fifteen earls, and
fifteen hundred knights, Six thousand and two hundred good esquires ; And to
relief of ...
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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).