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speakers often suffer their words to drop from their lips with such a faint and
feeble utterance , that they appear neither to understand or feel what they say
themselves , nor to have any desire that it should be understood or felt by their
... his anger , and it is bis glory to pass over a transgression . Money , like manure
, does no good till it is spread . There is no real use for riches , except in the
distriburion ; the rest is all conceit . A wise man will desire no more than what he.
A wise man will desire no more than what he may get justly , use soberly ,
distribute cheerfully , and live upon contentedly . A contented mind , and a good
conscience , will make a man happy in all conditions . He knows not how to fear ,
... the most lively and transporting touches , is the sense that we act in the eye of
infinite wisdom , power and goodness , that will crown our virtuous endeavours
here with a happiness hereafter , large as our desires , and lasting as our
They were totally unacquainted with the great , and kept no better company than
the neighbouring villagers ; but having a desire of seeing the world , they forsook
their companions and habitation , and determined to travel . Labour went ...
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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).