American Fashionable Letter Writer: Original and Selected, Containing a Variety of Letters on Business...with Forms of Complimentary Cards. To the Whole are Prefixed Directions for Letter Writing, and Rules for Composition

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Merriam, Moore, 1850 - Letter writing - 224 pages
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Page 31 - In their prosperity, my friends *' shall never hear of me ; in their adversity, always.
Page 24 - ... be worn off, and the expressions themselves be forgotten ; and then, reviewing our work with a cool and critical eye, as if it were the performance of another, we shall discern many imperfections which at first escaped us.
Page 26 - I cannot conclude the subject without this admonition, that in any case, and on any occasion, attention to style must not engross us so much, as to detract from a higher degree of attention to the thoughts. "Curam verborum," says the great Roman critic, "rerum volo esse solicitudinem.
Page 143 - Will, be careful to take the advice of those friends which are by me desired to advise you for your education. Serve God diligently morning and evening, and recommend yourself unto him, and have him before your eyes in all your ways. With patience hear the instructions of those friends I leave with you, and diligently follow their counsel; for, till you...
Page 142 - ... will be well becoming you. Never be wanting in your love and care to your sisters, but let them ever be most dear unto you ; for this will give others cause to esteem and respect you for it, and is a duty that you owe them in the memory of your excellent mother and myself; therefore your care and affection to them must be the very same that you are to have of yourself; and...
Page 90 - A. must have been brought up in a state of servitude. You know that I have no fortune ; and were I to accept of your offer, it would lay me under such obligations as must destroy my liberty. Gratitude and love are two very different things. The one supposes a benefit received, whereas the other is a free act of the will. Suppose me raised to the joint possession of your fortune, could I call it mine unless I had brought you something...
Page 144 - Honours and that Fortune, which a distempered Time hath deprived you of together with the Life of your Father, which I rather advise might be a new Gift and Creation from himself than by any other means, to the end you may pay the Thanks to him without having Obligation to any other.
Page 25 - Nothing merits the name of eloquent or beautiful, which is not suited to the occasion, and to the persons to whom it is addressed.
Page 159 - But the immediate gratification which friendship affords to a warm, open, and ingenuous heart, is of itself a sufficient motive to court it. In the choice of your friends, have your principal regard to goodness of heart, and fidelity. If they also possess taste and genius, that will still make them more agreeable and useful companions.
Page 23 - ... we employ. There is, on certain occasions, a glow of composition which should be kept up, if we hope to express ourselves happily, though at the expense of allowing some inadvertencies to pass.

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