A Speaking Figure (1789)
The CURIOUS and PHILOSOPHIC are respectfully informed that they may now be entertained with the sight of the most ASTONISHING PIECE of MECHANISM, The 
- "Which tho' inanimate will hold Discourse,
And with the Powers of Reason seem inspired." 
This agreeable artificial LADY is only 22 Inches high, is suspended in the Air by a Ribband, & will be taken down & held in the Hand,
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That the numerous Visitors chuse to put to her, in the English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Dutch Languages, in a correct, judicious and perfect Manner. 

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Handbill, dated 1789, in Collecteanea: Or A Collection of Advertisements and Paragraphs From the Newspapers Relating to Various Subjects (London: Thomas Kirgate for Daniel Lyons), Vol. II, Publick Exhibitions and Places of Amusement, between ff. 240 and 24. BL: 1889 e 5

Compiled by Steven Connor. as part of The Dumbstruck Archive, a continuing, online supplement to Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).