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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Religion embraces virtue as it is enjoined by the laws of God ; honour as it is
graceful and ornamental to human nature. The religious man feara, the man of
honour scorns to do an ill action. The latter considers vice as something beneath
... to the crown, the rage of civil war has almost continually infested this kingdom.
During this melancholy period how much blood has been shed ! what
devastations and misery have been .brought on the people I The laws have lost
their force ...
Such is the nature of the septennial law ; it was intended only as a preservative
against a temporary inconvenience : the ... Let us take advantage of it to repeal
those laws which infringe our liberties, and introduce such as may restore the ...
Sir Harry, laws were never made for men of honour ; they want no bond but the
rectitude of their own sentiments, and laws are of no use but to bind the villains of
society, Sir Har. Well ! but my dear Colonel, if you have no regard for me, shew ...
... and her various laws : Untwist her beauteous web, disrobe her charms, And
hunt her to her elemental forms : Or prove what hidden powers in hetbs are found
To quench disease, and cool the burning wound ; W7ith cordial drops the fainting
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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).