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The vagrant , when he begs ; the soldier , when he gives the word of command ;
the watchman , when he announces the ... Many of these would neither be proper
nordgreeable in speaking ; but the exercise will give you such a command of ...
... sentence , gives to every part its proper sound , and thus conveys to the mind
of the reader the full import of the whole . ... give those inflections and variations
to the voice , which nature requires : and it is for want of this previous study , more
... to discern their particular meaning and force , and gives him a previous
knowledge of the several inflexions , emphasis and tones which the words
require . And by taking off his eye from the book , it in párt , relieves him from the
influence of ...
Though a man may become learned by anothers learning ; he never can be wise
but by his own wisdom . He who wants good sense , is unhappy in having
learning , for he has thereby more ways of exposing himself . It is ungenerous to
give a ...
Modesty makes large amends for the pain it gives the person13 who labour
under it , by the prejudice it affords every worthy person in their favour . The
difference there is betwixt honour and honesty seems to be cijelly in the inotive .
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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).