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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The warm choleric man, with strong animal spirits, despises the suaviter in modo,
and thinks to carry all before him by the fortiter in re. He may possibly, by great
accident, now and then succeed, when he has only weak and timid people to ...
The best armour against injustice is a proper degree of spirit, to repel the wrongs
that are done, or designed against vis : but if we divest ourselves of all
resentment, we shall perhaps prove too irresolute and languid, both in resisting
the attacks ...
The true Christian spirit of moderation, of charity, of universal benevolence, has
prevailed in the people, has prevailed in the clergy of all ranks and degrees,
instead of those narrow principle?, those bigoted prejudices, that furious, that ...
Stock: Well, Mr. Belcoun, it is a roufrh sample you .have had of my countrymen's
spirit ; but, 1 trust, you will not think the worse of them for it. Be!. Not at all; not at
all ; i like them the better ; was 1 only a visitor, I might, perhaps, wish them a little
You committed* me ; For which I do commit into your hand Th' unstain'd sword
that you have us'd to bear ; With this remembrance, that you use the same Wfth a
Hhe bold, just, and impartial 'spirit, As you have done 'gainst me. There is my ...
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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).