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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 adminiftration, would be a more proper work for an history than for an addrefs 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 converfation, 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 converfes with your Lordship prefer You to himself, without thinking the lefs 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 diftinction. I am,
THE Spectator's prefatory discourse, and account of
Charaders of the members of the Spectator's Club 2
Spectator's farther account of himself and his defign
On the abufe of the understanding
On clubs, with the rules of the two-penny club
The Spectator recommends the perufal of his papers
Arietta's character; the ftory of Inkle and Yarico
Against telling ftories of spirits and apparitions
On the Italian opera; Nicolini's fine action
Defign of this work not to fatirize particular perfons 16
Farther account of the Italian opera
On the profeffions of divinity, law and phyfic
Letters on the reigning tafle of plays and operas
Wit, dangerous in an ill-natur'd or vicious man
On impertinence; with letters from T. Kimbow, &c.
On the monuments in Westminster-abbey
On ambition, and the anxiety occafioned by it
On the abfurdity of feveral figns in London
On the Italian recitativo and French opera
Letter from the amorous club at Oxford
On beauty; the history of Lætitia and Daphne
The Spectator's refolution to go on in the cause of virtue 34
On the ancient and modern tragedy
On the ufe of paint by the fair fex
On the English and French theatres
Letters to the ugly club; from Hecatiffa, &c.
On coffee-boufes; with the character of Eubulus
Obfervations on the English, by four Indian kings
Letter from the prefident of the Ugly Club
from Anna Bella: king Latinus, &c.
Account of a new fect, called Lowngers
On the folly of a general mourning
A criticifm on the play of Sir Fopling Flutter
On the education of the fair fex
The advantages of trade and commerce
A criticism on the old fong of Chevy Chafe
On the conquest of the paffions; love-letter from James
An account of the Everlasting Club
On the love of praise; defcription of a female idol
Character of a Fine Gentlenian
Character of Pharamond, and memoirs of his private_
N° 1. Thursday, March 1, 1710-11.
Non fumum ex fulgore, fed ex fumo dare lucem
Hor. Ars Poet. ver. 143.
One with a flash begins, and ends in smoke;
HAVE obferved, that a reader feldom perufes a book with pleasure, till he knows whether the wiiter of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric difpofition, 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 curiofity, which is fo natural to a reader, I defign this paper and my next as prefatory difcourfes to my following writings, and fhall give fome account in them of the several perfons that are engaged in this work. As the chief trouble of compiling, digefting,