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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 ...
... perhaps , from a few , unlucky specimens of modern eloquence , have
concluded that this is the only law which ought to be prescribed ; that all artificial
rules are useless ; and that good sense , and a cultivated taste , are the only
requisites to ...
... chosen for that purpose ( such for instance as abound with long and unusual
words , or in which many short syllables come together ) and to read , at certain
stated times , much slower than the sense and just speaking would require .
Without pauses , the sense must always appear confused and obscure , and
often be misunderstood ; and the spirit and energy of the piece must be wholly
lost . In executing this part of the office of a speaker , it will by no means be
sufficient to ...
Nay , it is very allowable for the sake of pointing out the sense more strongly
preparing the audiance for what is to follow , or enabling the speaker to alter the
tone or height of the voice , sometimes to make a very considerable pause ,
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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).