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... marks the several clauses of a sentence , gives to every part its proper sound ,
and thus conveys to the mind of the reader the full import of the whole . It is in the
power of emphasis to make long and complex sentences appear intelligible and
... to take in several clauses , or the whole of a sentence . * 3 I HAVE only to add ,
that after the utinost pains have been taken to acquire a just elocution , and this
with the greatest success , there is some diffi culty in carrying the art of speaking ...
Nature in her whole drama never drew such a part ; she has fometimes made a
fool , but a coxcomb is always of his own making . It is the infirmity of little minds
to be taken with every appearance , and dazzled with every thing that sparkles ...
To which are Prefixed Two Essays William Enfield. It is harder to avoid censure ,
than to gain applause ; for this may be done by one great or wise victim in an age
; but to escape censuse , a man must pass his whole life without saying or doing
Honour thy father with thy whole heart , and forget diot the sorrows of thy . mother
, how canst thou recompense them the things they have done for thee ? There is
notbing so much worth as a mind well instructed . The lips of talkers will be ...
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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).