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Ir were much to be wished , that all public speakers would deliver their thoughts
and sentiments either from memory , or immediate conception ; for , besides that
there is an artificial uniformity , which almost always distinguishes reading from ...
Some would be thought to do great things , who are but tools and instruments ;
like the fool who fancied he played upon the organ , when he only blew the
bellows . Though a man may become learned by anothers learning ; he never
can be ...
The higher character a person supports , the more he should regard his minutest
actions , Every person insensibly fixes upon some degree of refinement in his
discourse , some measure of thought which he thinks worth exhibiting . It is wise
... every one is ready to venture their lives and limbs in the dispute ; but when that
is once at an end , it is no more thought on but sleeps in oblivion , buried in
rubish , which no one thinks it : vorth his pains to rake into , much less to remove .
One would not have thought so , replied the other , by your loading him so
unmercifully . You and and your son are better able to carry the poor beast than
he you . " Any thing to please , says the owner ; and alighting with his son , they
tied 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).