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“Mr. Addison is generally allowed to be the most correct and elegant of

all our writers; yet some inaccuracies of style have escaped him, which it is the chief design of the following notes to point out. A work of this sort, well executed, would be of use to foreigners who study our language; and even to such of our countrymen as wish to write it in

perfect purity.”—R. Worcester (Bp. Hurd]. I set out many years ago with a warm admiration of this amiable writer

[Addison]. I then took a surfeit of his natural, easy manner; and was taken, like my betters, with the raptures and high rights of Shakspeare. My maturer judgment, or lenient age, (call it which you will,) has now led me back to the favourite of my youth. And here, I think, I shall stick; for such useful sense, in so charming words, I find not elsewhere. His taste is so pure, and his Virgilian prose (as Dr. Young styles it) so exquisite, that I have but now found out, at the close of a critical life, the full value of his writings."-Ibid.

“Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and

elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the

volumes of Addison.”—Dr. Johnson. "'It was not till three generations had laughed and wept over the pages of

Addison that the omission [of a monument to his memory] was supplied by public veneration. At length, in our own time, his image, skilfully graven, appeared in Poets' Corner.-Such a mark of national respect was due to the unsullied statesman, to the accomplished scholar, to the master of pure English eloquence, to the consummate painter of life and manners. It was due, above all, to the great satirist, who alone knew how to use ridicule without abusing it, who, without inflicting a wound, effected a great social reform, and who reconciled wit and virtue, after a long and disastrous separation, during which wit had been led astray by profligacy, and virtue by fanaticism.”—Macaulay.

OP THE

RIGHT HONOURABLE

JOSEPH ADDISON.

WITH NOTES

By RICHARD HURD, D.D.

'LORD BISHOP OF WORCESTER.

.. Plem Edition,
WITH LARGE ADDITIONS, CHIEFLY UNPUBLISHED,

COLLECTED AND EDITED BY HENRY G. BOHN.

IN SIX VOLUMES.
• VOL. II.

LONDON:
HENRY G. BOHN, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

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CONTENTS, VOL. II.

THE TATLER.

Introductory Remarks

20. Dramatic News and Criticism .

43. Inventory of the Play-house.

75. Miss Jenny's Marriage-Choice of Matches in the

Bickerstaff family .

81. Vision of the Table of Fame . . .

86. Scene of Country Etiquette .

A Dancing-master practising by Book .

90. Unity of Šentiment in treating the Passion of Love

-Its allegorical History

93. Letter from Switzerland-On Travelling_Fools not

to be exported— Precautions against Assaults

97. Hercules courted by Pleasure and Virtue, an Allegory

100. Goddess of Justice distributing Rewards ..

101. Danger of Authors from Pirates ..

102. Continuance of the Vision of the Goddess of Justice.

103. Applications for Permission to use Canes, &c. .

108. Degradation of the Stage-Dignity of Human Na-

ture-Errors of the French Writers

110. Court of Judicature of the Dead in Reason.

111. On the Prevalence of Irreligious Principles

114. Death-bed Scene .

116. Court of Judicature on the Petticoat .

117. On the Pleasure derived from the Deliverance of

Good from Danger—The Author's Dream .

119. Discoveries of the Microscope-A Dream .

120. The Three Roads of Human Life-Dogget's Benefit

121. Consultation on the Sickness of a Lady's Lap-Dog

-Fondness for Animals

122. The Author's Appearance at Dogget's Benefit–Vir-

· tuous feelings of an Athenian Audience :

123. Continuation of the Vision of the Three Roads of Life

131. Trial of the Wine-brewers

133. On Silence-Instances of its Significancy ..

146. Various Cases of Complainers — Dream of Jupiter

and the Destinies .

147. Juno's method to regain Jupiter's Affection .

148. On the Diet of the Metropolis, Pernicious Dishes-

False Delicacies .

152. Homer's Description of a future State . •

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