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... as far as they prevail must destory all propriety and grace of utterance ; and to
acquire a habit of reading , or speaking , upon every occasion , in a manner
suited to the nature of the subject , and the kind of discourse or writing to be
... even treble ; these must be expressed in : reading , by a very distinct emphasis
on each part of the opposition . The following instances are of this kind : t Anger
may glance into the breast of a wise man ; but rests only in the bolom of fools .
Seriously , it is much to be wondered at , that this kind of reading , which has so
little merit considered as music , and none at all considered as speaking , should
be so studiously practised by many speakers , and so much admired by many ...
And in pathetic pieces , especially those of the plaintive , tender , or solemn kind ,
the tone of the passion will ofter require a still lower cadence of the voice . But
before a speaker can be able to fall his voice with propriety and judgment at the ...
And even when we speak without any of the more violent emotions , some kind of
feeling usually accompanies our words , and this , whatever it be , hath its proper
exterpál expression . Expression háth indeed been so little studied in public ...
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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).