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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'Tis a pretty - picture ! said my uncle Toby— she had suffered persecution, Trim,
and had learnt mercy ; She was good, an' please your honour, from nature as
well ' as from hardships ; and there are circumstances in the story of that poor ...
Thou art a good natured soul, I will answer for thee, cried my uncle Toby ; and
thou shall drink the poor gentleman's health in a glass of sack thyself, — and take
a couple of bottles with my service, and tell him he is heartily welcome to them, ...
xrie Toby — the corporal made his bow. My uncle Toby proceeded no farther, but
finished his pipe. Trim ! said my uncle Toby, I have a project in mv head as it is a
bad night, of wrapping myself up warm in my roquelaure, and paying a visit to ...
I remember, said my uncle Toby, sighing again, the story of the ensign and his
wife, with a circumstance his modesty omitted ; — and particularly well Uiat he, as
well as she,upon some account or other, (I forgot what) was universally pitied by
Thou hast left this matter short, said my uncle Toby to the corporal, as he was
putting him to bed, - and I will tell tliee in what, Trim, - -In the first place, when thou
madest an offer of my services to Le Fevre, — as s ckness and travelling are both
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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).