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88 On the Advantages of uniting Gentle . ness of Manners with Firmness of Mind
Ld . Chesterfield 90 On Good Sense Melmoth 92 On Study Bacon 94 On Satirical
Wit Sterne 95 Hamlet's Instructions to the Players Shaks . 96 The present ...
... marks the several clauses of a sentence , gives to every part its proper sound ,
and thus conveys to the mind of the reader the full import of the whole . It is in the
power of emphasis to make long and complex sentences appear intelligible and
When anger , fear , joy , grief , love , or any other active passion arises in our
minds , we naturally discover it by the particular manner in which we utter our
words ; by the features of the countenance , and by other well known signs . And
To which are Prefixed Two Essays William Enfield. 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
It is the infirmity of little minds to be taken with every appearance , and dazzled
with every thing that sparkles ; but great minds have but little admiration , be .
cause few things appear new to them . It happens to men of learning , as to ears
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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).