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... meaning , and spirit of every sentence , and to adhere as nearly as possible to
the manner in which we distinguish one word from another in conversation ; for in
familiar discourse we scarcely ever fail to express ourselves emphatically , and ...
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 ...
Spirits are not finely touch'd , But to fine issues : nor nature never lends The
smallest scruple of her excellence , But , like a thrifty goddess , she determines
Herself the glory of a creditor , Both thanks and use . What stronger breast - plate
Behold Sir Balaam now a man of spirit , Ascribes his gettings to his parts and
merit ; What late he called a Blessing , now was Wit , And God's good Providence
, a lucky Hit . Things change their titles , as our manners turn : His Compting
Gaiety is to good humour as animal perfumes to vegetable fragrance ; the one
overpowers weak spirits , and the other recreates and revives them . Gaiety
seldom fails to give some pain ; the hearers either strain their faculties to
accompany its ...
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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).