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civil power, in the late and prefent reign, has been indebted to your counsels and wisdom.

But to enumerate the great advantages which the public has received from your administration, would be a more proper work for an history than for an address of this nature.

Your Lordship appears as great in your private life, as in the most important offices which You have borne. I would therefore rather choose to speak of the pleasure You afford all who are admitted into your conversation, of your elegant taste in all the polite parts of learning, of your great humanity and complacency of manners, and of the

surprising influence which is peculiar to You in making every one who converses with your Lordship prefer You to himself, without thinking the less meanly of his own talents. But if I should take notice of all that might be observed in your Lordship, I should have nothing new to say upon any other character of distinction. I am,







On affectation

N° 38
On the ancient and modern tragedy 39 and 40
On the use of paint by the fair sex
On the English and French theatres

42 and
On dulness
Character of a travelled lady
The Spectator's minutes
On laughter and April fools
Letters to the ugly club; from Hecatisfa, &c.
On coffee-houses; with the charnéier of Eubulus
Observations on the English, by four Indian king's
English theatre censured
Letter from the president of the Ugly Club

from Anna Bella : king Latinus, &c.
Account of a new feet, called Lowngers
Luxury and avarice, a fable
The vision of Marraton .
On party zeal in the fair sex
On wit


58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63 · On the folly of a general mourning

A criticism on the play of Sir Fopling Flutter,
On the education of the fair sex
On dancing
On friendship
The advantages of trade and commerce

69 A criticism on the old fong of Chevy Chase 70 and 74 On the conquest of the pasions ; love-letter from James to Betty

71 An account of the Everlasting Club On the love of praise; description of a female idol 73 Charoiler of a Fine Gentlenian Character of Pharamond, and memoirs of his private life

76 On absence of mind, with the character of Menalcas 77 History of the Ugly Club at Cambridge

78 Letters from a young lady, and from Hecatisfa 29 The adventures of Brunetta and Phillis. The remonftrance of affronted THAT

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N° 1. Thursday, March 1, 1710-11.


Non fumum ex fulgore, fed ex fumo dare lucem
Cogitat, ut speciosa dehinc miracula promat.

Hor. Ars Poet. ver. 143.

One with a flash begins, and ends in smoke;
The other out of smoke brings glorious light,
And (without raising expectation high) -
Surprises us with dazzling miracles.


I HAVE observed, that a reader seldom perufes a book with pleasure, till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor, with other particulars of the like nature, that conduce very much to the right understanding of an author. To gratify this curiosity, which is so natural to a reader, I design this paper and my next as prefatory dilcourtes to my following writings, and shall give some account in them of the several persons that are engaged in this work. As the chief trouble of compiling, digesting,

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