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The wife and husband would often declare themselves on the two different
parties ; : nay , the same person would very often side svith one in his youth , and
revolt to the other in his old age . Indeed the wise men of the world stood neuter ;
- but ...
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 ...
LABOUR , the offspring of Want , and the mother of Health , and Contentment ,
lived with her two daughters in a little cottage by the side of a hill , at a great
distance from Town . They were totally unacquainted with the great , and kept no
What a fool is this fellow ( says a man upon the road ) to be trudging it on foot with
his son , that his ass may go light ! The poor man hearing this , set his boy upon
the ass , and went whistling by the side of him . Why , sirrah ! ( cries a second ...
The mourner was sitting upon a stone bench at the door , with the ass's pannel
and its bridle on one side , which he took up from time to time - then laid them
down --- looked at them , and shook his head . He then took his crust of bread out
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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).