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THE
GLEANER:

Å SERIES OF
PERIODICAL ESSAYS;

SELECTED AND ARRANGED FROM

SCARCE OR NEGLECTED VOLUMES,

WITH

AN INTRODUCTION, AND NOTES,

BY

NATHAN DRAKE, M. D.
AUTHOR OF “ LITERARY HOURS," AND OF " ESSAYS ON

PERIODICAL LITERATURE."

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London:
PRINTED FOR SUTTABY, EVANCE, AND CO. STATIONERS' COURT; AND
ROBERT BALDWIN, PATER-NOSTER ROW ; ALSU FOR WILLIAM BLACKWOOD,
EDINBURGH, AND MICHAEL KEENE, DUBLIN.

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INTRODUCTION.

During the composition of the “ Essays on Periodical Literature,” it became my duty accurately to read through nearly every work in this department which had been published for a century: it will not appear extraordinary, therefore, that in tạrning over so many volumes, although now neglectedor forgotten, I should occasionally meet with papers of value, equal, or approaching to, those which constitute the pages of what may, not improperly, be termed our “ Classical Essay. ists.” These, indeed, proving more nụmerous thạn I had, at first, reason to expect, it occurred to me, that, by throwing them together, under the advantages of a proper arrangement, their merits, now lost and buried in the surrounding crude mass of materials, might be rendered con. spicuous, and the tribute of applause, due to their respective authors, be at length adequately apportioned.

The Papers which, at present, form the “ British Classical Essayists,” consist of the Tatler, Spectator, and Guardian: the Rambler, Ad. venturer, and Idler; the World, Connoisseur,

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