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No. 1. Introduction - Pursuits and intentions of the
Author-Invitations to Correspondents


II.-On Swearing—Its extensive influence and use in

common conversation, and in the common occurrences of

life-Scheme for teaching the Art of Swearing, recom-

mended to any projector



from Narcissus, a dead lounger-Reflections

on apathy-Sunday's diary of Narcissus—Vacancy in the

Lounging Club-The seat offered to Gregory Griffin-

his introduction



love of fame-Unjust distribution of praise--

Actions of splendid success gain more admiration than

those of useful benevolence-Different effects of the love

of fame at different periods of time-Cursory remark

on ciphers-Irregular ode


V.-Speculation on history-The rise and fall of empires-

Possibility of England's downfall-Reflections on the

probable consequence ofit-Poem on the slavery of Greece 34

VI.-Letter from Musidorus on the government of the

passions, and on silly peculiarities of behaviour-From

Octavius, a candidate for the vacant seat in the Lounging

Club, with an account of a Society of Idlers-From

Observator, giving an account of the various opinions

formed concerning the Microcosin


VII.-Letter from a fellow-citizen, complaining of certain

waggeries of an old gentleman, ridiculousness of point-

less jests, and witticisms duly expected, and disgusting,

as well from the awkward merriment, as frequency of

repetition-Cautions against the use of such-Reflec-

tions on the nature of wit-Proposals for opening a

warehouse for all the branches of that commodity 52


VIII.--On family pride Moderation of Gregory Griffin in

not boasting of his ancestors--Different notions of pride

as conceived by different persons-Folly of the opinion

that mankind degenerates--Misapplication of the word

antediluvian-Antiquity of a British family certainly not

honourable—Particular duty of men of family-Equitable

treatment of the citizens of the lesser world


IX.–Unity of design in the structure of a poem-Allusion

to local circumstances censured, poetry being defined to

be an universal language-Blackmore not inferior in his

designs to the poets of antiquity-Remark on Dryden-

Examples of locality-Homer, Chaucer, Pope


X.--On genius-Complaints of its paucity ill-founded, as

proceeding from want of cultivation-Genius to be dis-
covered even in the dark ages-The land of liberty, the
land of genius-Decay of eloquence and temporary du-
ration of poetry, after the enslavement of Rome by
AugustusA series of learned men produced by Greece

Some remarks on an unfair position in the 127th
paper of the Adventurer—The falsehood of a maxim very

generally received


XI.-Gregory Griffin proposes a display of his critical

abilities—Critique on the heroic poem of the Knave of



XI1.-Conclusion of the critique-Admonition to the Au-

thor's fellow-citizens on the subject of the ornamental

devices to be prefixed to their poems on the Restoration 95

XIII.—Reflections on the folly of supposing gradual de

generacy in mankind-Fiction of the golden age-Civi-
lisation by no means so injurions to the virtue of mankind
as it is represented—The love of pleasure conducive to
civilisation-Conduct of Agricola in the reduction of
Britain, and of the first subduers of America, contrasted
- Change of Manners in Sparta-in Rome-in the Eng-

lish, after the Restoration


XIV.-Letter from Cæmeterius on epitaphs-From a

Country Girl, on loud whisperers--Resolutions of Mr.

Griffin's committee


XV.-Letter from Alfred on true and false glory-From

Christopher Cutjoke, on the miseries consequent on being

witty-From Ironiculus, a poem on the art of lying 117


XVI.-On language--The causes which contribute to the

improvement or alteration of it—The progress of the

English language


XVII. --Letter from a correspondent on the nature and

extent of politeness—From Arthur Cassock-his mise-

rable situation as private tutor in a gentleman's family

described FromĖtonensis, a poem on taking leave of Eton 129

XVIII.-On the universal curiosity to know what others

think of one-Disagreeable consequences of indulging

that curiosity-Danger of speaking our sentiments of

other people too freely to those whom we do not know-

Instance of the effects of such a conduct-The advantage

Gregory Griffin enjoys, by being able, himself undis-

covered, to find out the sentiments of his fellow-citizens,

with regard to himself and his work-Various opinions

on the subject-Various conjectures about the author

Specimen of letters of advice from different correspondents

-Story of Apelles


XIX.-History of Frederic


XX.-Reflections on the character and conduct of Julius

Cæsar-His clemency opposed to the cruel behaviour of
Sylla and Augustus-Mercy rarely recommended as a

virtue by the ancients, but the offspring of christianity 154

XXI.-Letter from a correspondent, containing reflections

on a line of Virgil, on a parish register, on the desire of

posthumous fame, and an eulogy on Mr. Powel, the fire-



XXII.—Letter from H. Homespun, containing a complaint

against prejudices ill-founded and injurious to any body

of men, particularly those which are directed against

tailors and weavers-Analogy between the art of weaving

and the art of poetry-Proposals for drawing all metaphors

of the loom from our home manufactures—Mr. Griffin's

opinion on the letter of his correspondent, and his en-

forcement of Mr. Homespun's advice


XXIII.-On government—The patriarchal—The monar-

chical—The States of Greece--The modification of the
Roman government considered-Remark on some lines
of Virgil-Folly of too much refinement in tracing the
origin of particular forms of government The Feudal

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