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But it is true , in the art of speaking , as well as in the art of living , that general
precepts are of little use till they are unfolded , and applied to particular cases .
To discover and correct those tones , and habits of speaking , which are gross ...
... being the standard of accurate pronunciations : We should per- , haps look for
this standard only among those who unite these two characters , and with the 2
correctness and precision of true learning , combine the ease B2 ELOCUTION .
correctness and precision of true learning , combine the ease and elegance of
genteel life . An attention to such models , and a free intercourse with the polite
world , are the best guards against the peculiarities and vulgarisms of provincial ...
Hence it is , that the character of an Orator has of late often been treated with
ridicule , sometimes with contempt . We are pleased with the esay and graceful
movements which the true gentleman has acquired by having learnt to dance ;
but we ...
If you have one friend , think yourself happy . When once you profess yourself a
friend , endeavour to be always such . He can never have any true friends , that
will be often changing them . Prosperity gains friends , and adrersity tries them .
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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).