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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If I was put to define Modesty, I would call ity the reflection of an ingenuous mind,
either when a man has committed an action for which he censures himself, or
fancies that he is exposed to the censure of others. For this reason a man truly ...
I HAVE always preferred Cheerfulness to Mirth. The latter I consider as an act, the
former as a habit of the mind. Mirth is short and transient, cheerfulness fixed and
permanent. Those are often raised into the greatest transports of mirth, who are ...
The man who is possessed of this excellent frame of mind, is not only easy in his
thoughts, but a perfect master of all the powers and faculties of his soul ; his
imagination is always clear, and his judgment undisturbed :, his temper is even
ON THE ADVANTAGES OF UNITING GENTLENESS OF MANNERS WITH
FIRMNESS OF MIND. I MENTIONED to you, some time ago, a sentence, which I
would most earnestly wish you always to retain in your thoughts, and observe in
Nor yet will every soil with equal stores Repay the tiller's labour ; or attend His will
, obseqious, whether to produce The olive or the laurel : different mind.a Incline to
diff'rent objects : one pursues The vast alone, 124 DIDACTIC PIECES.
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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).