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... give those inflections and variations to the voice , which nature requires : and it
is for want of this previous study , more perhaps than from any other cause , that
we so ofton hear persons read with an improper emphasis , or with ELOCUTION.
... it will by no means be sufficient to attend to the points used in printing ; for
these are far from marking all the pauses which ought to be made in speaking . A
mechanical attention to these resting - places has perhaps been one chief cause
It is the infirmity of little minds to be taken with every appearance , and dazzled
with every thing that sparkles ; but great minds have but little admiration , be .
cause few things appear new to them . It happens to men of learning , as to ears
WHEN states and empires have their periods of de clension , and feel in their
turns what distress and poverty ism I stop not to tell the causes which gradually
brought the house d ' E **** in Britany into decay . The Marquis d ' E **** had
... now some nine moons wasted , they have us'd Their dearest action in the
tented field ; And little of this great world can I speak , More than pertains to feats
of broils and battle ; And therefore little shall I grace my cause , In speaking for
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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).