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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 ,
Very few men , properly speaking , live at present , but are providing to live
another time . Party is the madness of many , for the gain of a few . To endeavour
to work upon the vulgar with fine sense , is like attempting to hew blocks of
... evil manners live in brass ; their virtues we write in water . The web of our life is
of a mingled yarn , good and ill together ; our virtues would be proud , if our faults
whip ped them not ; and our crimes would despair , SELECT SENTENCES .
... that each of them should immediately dismiss his privy counsellor . When
things were thus far adjusted towards a peace , all other differences were soon
accommodated , insomuch that for . the future they resolved to live as good
friends and ...
the future they resolved to live as good friends and confederates , and to share
between them whatever conquests were made on either side . For this reason we
now find Luxury and Avarice taking possession of the same heart , and dividing ...
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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).