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... afford opportunities of remarking the difference between a just and graceful ,
anda faulty and unnatural elocution ; and there are few persons who do not daily
experience the advantages of the farmer , and the inconvencies of the latter .
Almost all persons , who have not studied the art of speaking , have a habit of
uttering their words so rapidly , that this latter exercise ought generally to be
made use of for a considerable time at first : for where there is a uniformly rapid ...
different parts of its are In the same composition there may be frequent occasion
to alter the height of the voice , in passing from one part to another , without any
change of person , Shakspeare's “ All the world's a stage , ” & c . and his ...
... give those inflections and variations to the voice , which nature requires : and it
is for want of this previous study , more perhaps than from any other cause , that
we so ofton hear persons read with an improper emphasis , or with ELOCUTION.
on hear persons read with an improper emphasis , or with no emphasis at all ,
that is with a stupid monotony . Much study and pains are necessary in acquiring
the habit of just and forcible pronunciation ; and it can only be the effect of close ...
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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).