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The simplicity of his grief drew numbers about him , and La Fleur among the rest ,
while the horses were getting ready ; as I continued sitting in the post chaise , I
could see and hear over their heads . He said he had come last from Spain ...
-THEY were the sweetest notes I ever heard ; and I instantly let down the fore
glass to hear them more distinctly - Tis Maria ; said the postillion , observing I was
listening - Poor Maria , continued he , ( leaning his body on one side to let me
SIR , WE have heard a great deal about parliamentary armies , and about an
army continued from year to year ; I have always been Sir , and always shall - be ,
against a standing army of any kind : to me it is a terrible thing , whether under
We are told this army is desired to be continued but for one year longer , or for a
limited term of years . How absurd is this distinction ! Is there any army in the
world continued for any term of years ? Does the most absolute monarch tell his
Parliaments were generally annual , bu never continued longer than three years ,
till the remarkable reign of Henry VIII . He , Sir , was'a prince of unruly appetites ,
and of an arbitrary will ; he was impatient 166 ORATIONS AND HARANGUES ...
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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).