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TO THE

RIGHT HONOURABLE

CH A R L E S

EARL OF SUNDERLAND

MY LORD,

you in a

VERY

ERY many favours and cio vilities (received from private capacity) which I have no other way to acknowledge, will, I hope, excuse this presumption; but the justice I, as a Spectator, owe your character, places me

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above the want of an excuse. Candor and openness of heart, which shine in all your words and actions, exact the highest esteem from all who have the honour to know you ; and a winning condescension to all subordinate to you, made business a pleasure to those who executed it under you, at the same time that it heightened her Majesty's favour to all who had the happiness of having it conveyed through your hands. A Secretary of State, in the interests of mankind, joined with that of his fellow-subjects, accomplished with a great facility and elegance in all the modern as well as ancient languages, was a happy and proper member of a ministry, by whose services your sovereign and country are in so high and flourishing a condition, as makes all other princes and potențates powerful or inconfiderable in Europe, as they are friends or enemies to Great-Britain. The importance of those great events which happened during that administration, in which your Lordship bore so important a charge, will be acknowledged as long as time shall endure; I shall not therefore attempt to rehearse those illustrious passages, but give this application a more private and

particular turn, in desiring your Lordship would continue your favour and patronage to me, as you are a gentleman of the most polite literature, and perfectly accomplished in the knowledge of books and men, which makes it necessary to beseech your indulgence to the following leaves, and the author of them: who is, with the greatest truth and respect,

MY LORD,

YOUR LORDSHIP'S

OBLIGED, obedieNT, AND

HUMBLE SERVANT,

THE SPECTATOR.

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On taste

The month of May dangerous to the Fair-Sex No. 395

Letter from Peter de Quir on the use of punning 396

On compaffion, with a letter from Ann Boleyn 10

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Whimsical amour of Cynthio and Flavia

On bypocrisy, and its various kinds

399

On the danger of trusting to pretenfions of platonic love 400
Letters from a penitent jilt and ber abufed lover 401

- from Sylvia, Doriada, and Cornelius Nepos 402

Reflections of cofee-house politicians on the rumour

of Louis the XIV th’s death

403

On affe&ation

404

On church-mufic

405

On solitude ; with a translation of a Lapland ode

On the power of action in oratory

The pafhons, the principles of buman actions

409

Sir Roger de Coverley's adventure with a ludy 410

On the pleasures of the imagination, with:

4 comparison between ibem and bose

411 to 421

of the understanding

On Raillery

422

The story of Gloriana, sbewing the effectual way

to make love

423

Rules to make society in the country agreeable,

with a scbeme for a country infirmary.

} 424

The revolution of the seasons, a dream

425

Story of Bafilius Valentinus, an bermetic philofopher 426

On siandal

427

The Spectator's project for enlarging his dehgn

Memorials from patients in the couniry-infirmary 429

On beggars, charity, and indecency

430

Misconduct of parents in the education of their children 431

On parly prejudice

432

The advantages of the mutual regard of both sex-

es, with the plan of a republic of males, and

433

another of females

434

On the riding-dresses of the ladies

435

On prize-fights

Character of Sempronia, a matchmaker

437

On paffion and peevishness

On inquisitiveness:

439

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