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101 On Happiness ibid , 103 On Virtue ibid . 106 On Versification ibid . 108
Lessons on Wisdom Armstrong 109 Against Indolence ; an Epistle 112 Elegy to a
young Nobleman Mason 115 97 Page . On the Miseries of Human Life Thomson
On Anger Holland 129 Virtue our highest interest Harris 135 The same Subject
ibid . 137 Ou the Immortality of the Soul Spectator ibid . On the Being of a God
Young 840 BOOK V. ORATIONS AND HARANGUES . Junius Brutus over the
... 178 In Praise of Virtue Price 181 The Speech of Brutus on the Death of Cęsar
Shakspeare 183 Aloucester's Speech to the Nobles ibid . 184 BOOK VI .
DIALOGUES . On Happiness Harris 186 The same subject ibid . 191 On Criticism
Even virtue itself hath its stated limits ; which not being strictly observed , it
ceases to be virtue . It is wiser to prevent a quarrel beforehand , than to revenge it
afterwards . It is much better to reprove , than to be angry secretly . No revenge is
The failings of good men are commonly more published in the world than their
good deeds ; and one fault of a deserving man , skall meet with more reproaches
, than all his virtues , praise ; such is the force of ill - will , and ill - nature .
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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).