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103 THE CONTENTS . 0000000 ESSAY on Elocution Page 000000 BOOK I.
Select Sentences 1 to 18 BOOK 11 . NARRATIVE PIECE6 . Page The Dervise
Spectator 19 Turkish Tale ibid . 20 Avarice and Luxury ibid . 21 Pleasure and
Pain ibid ...
On the Miseries of Human Life Thomson 116 Reflections on a future State ibid .
118 On Procrastination Young 119 The Pain arising from virtuous Emotions
attended with Pleasure Akenside 121 On Taste ibido 124 The Pleasures arising
from a ...
The nature of these sounds , therefore , ought to be well understood ; and much
pains should be taken to discover and correct those faults in articulation , which ,
though often aseribed to some defect in the organs of speech , are generally the
Much study and pains are necessary in acquiring the habit of just and forcible
pronunciation ; and it can only be the effect of close attention and long practice ,
to be able , with a mere glance of the eye , to read any piece with good emphasis
... clauses , or the whole of a sentence . * 3 I HAVE only to add , that after the
utinost pains have been taken to acquire a just elocution , and this with the
greatest success , there is some diffi culty in carrying the art of speaking out of the
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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).